What is the ZeroBus?
TARC’s new ZeroBus is a fast-charging, all-electric bus that produces zero emissions. It’s a sleek, clean, and quiet way to get around. And with 10 new ZeroBus vehicles, Louisville has one of the largest fleets of this kind in the country (and five more on the way). These vehicles are in the spotlight as they travel around downtown, stopping frequently near work sites and popular destinations including concerts, museums, and big-time college sports events.
How do they work?
The ZeroBus is powered by batteries located under the bus floor. The ZeroBus can travel for up to two hours and fully recharge on route in less than 10 minutes. It recharges automatically by connecting to an overhead system that links to a high-capacity charger.
Where can we ride them?
The ZeroBus vehicles travel downtown circulator routes in place of the outdated trolleys – the highest polluting vehicles now in TARC’s fleet. Like the trolleys, they arrive at stops frequently and all rides are fare-free. The ZeroBus is also the new mode of transportation for the popular Republic Bank First Friday Trolley Hop on Main, Market and Fourth streets.
How did TARC get them?
The ZeroBus fleet is an $11 million dollar investment in Louisville’s transportation network made possible with federal, state and local grant funding.
Tailpipe emissions in pounds per year
Carbon Monoxide (CO)
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCS)
Nitrogen Oxide (NOX)
When factoring in coal powered electricity use, the ZeroBus generates only a third of the overall emission of the trolleys.
Diesel Fuel Savings
- $11,000 annual savings for every ZeroBus a total of $110,000 saved per year
- $1.76 million saved over the projected 16-year life of the ZeroBus fleet
- $20,000 annual savings for every ZeroBus a total of $200,000 saved per year
- $2.45 million saved over the projected 16-year life of the ZeroBus fleet, factoring in one replacement battery unit per bus.