Charging infrastructure limiting electric bus adoption, but intercity ridership is up


Flixbus USA began operating in the U.S. in 2018, and in Oct. 2021 it acquired Greyhound.

Flixbus USA began operating in the U.S. in 2018, and in Oct. 2021 it acquired Greyhound.

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The Germany-based company FlixBus ran an electric bus pilot recently from Seattle to Eugene. The company purchased Greyhound in October, but it has been steadily expanding the U.S. market for intercity travel since it landed here in 2018. Pierre Gourdain is the managing director of Flixbus USA. He joins us to share details about this expansion and the many challenges the company and the industry face in converting to an electric fleet. Meanwhile, in the Portland metro area, Trimet says it has cut its carbon emissions by more than 50% in the last six months using a small number of electric buses and transitioning all its other buses to renewable diesel. Trimet’s JC Vennetta joins us to explain what the future will look like and how the agency is working to expand electricity-powered travel.

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