About Zero-Emission Bus
SEPTA is committed to transitioning away from diesel-powered buses. The zero-emission bus playbook is an opportunity to create a forward-looking strategy to benefit the communities of the Southeastern Pennsylvania region.
About the Project
SEPTA has completed the first phase of analysis that examines the feasibility of procuring battery electric buses (BEBs) and installing charging infrastructure to support the fleet. The next phase of the plan will evaluate fuel cell electric buses (FCEBs) and the necessary fueling infrastructure to support them.
SEPTA is planning for a full transition to zero-emission buses (ZEBs) by the year 2040. A combination of federal, state, and local funding will be needed to achieve this.
Zero-emission buses could include a combination of battery electric buses (BEBs) and fuel cell electric buses (FCEBs).
Phase 1: Evaluate Battery Electric Bus Technology
Battery electric buses are charged at fixed locations with powerful electric chargers that can be installed at SEPTA depots or locations where buses have layover periods.
Phase 2: Evaluate Fuel Cell Electric Bus and Trackless Trolley Technology
Fuel cell electric buses have batteries that are powered by electricity derived from hydrogen fuel cells. Hydrogen fuel to power the buses would be stored at SEPTA depots.
Draft Zero-Emission Bus Playbook
SEPTA’s plan for a transition to all ZEBs is presented as a “playbook” to convey that the transition is an evolving process, and implementation decisions will continue to be refined over time. The playbook will be revised to include lessons learned from pilot programs and additional analyses on topics such as the likely need for a new garage, the potential for FCEBs, and other technology that comes to market during the implementation period.