World Resources Institute Reports on Clean Energy Transportation in Urban Areas

May 24, 2019

by ASME.org

The World Resources Institute recent released two separate reports examining both the barriers and ways to allow for electric buses in urban areas. Many states have now started looking at legislation mandating the adoption of renewable energy in their public transit. This includes California Washington, both of which have committed to 100 percent clean energy by 2045.

Per the report, the key obstacles currently standing in the way of mass transport powered by electricity can be broken down into technological barriers, financial barriers, and institutional barriers. These include:

  • Technological barriers:
    • Lack of relevant information for decision-making
    • Current operational limitations of e-buses and charging infrastructure
  • Financial barriers:
    • Difficulties agencies face to make necessary changes to rigid procurement structures
    • Lack of long-term, sustainable financing options
  • Institutional barriers:
    • Lack of political leadership
    • Lack of institutional authority, funding, and physical real-estate

Conversely, a separate report focused on how to enable electric buses in urban areas notes that transitioning over to clean energy is not a snap decision that can happen overnight. Cities looking to adopt electric buses should do so through a multi-step approach, being sure to include transit agencies, bus agencies and policymakers at every step of the way.

For further information and to read the report How to Enable Electric Bus Adoption in Cities Worldwide, click here: https://www.wri.org/publication/how-enable-electric-bus-adoption-cities-worldwide

For further information and to read the report Barriers to Adopting Electric Buses, click here: https://www.wri.org/publication/barriers-adopting-electric-buses