Marguerite goes electric!
You may have noticed that Stanford has increased its fleet of zero-emission, battery-electric Marguerite transit buses to 13, up from three. As Stanford retires up to 15 buses that are less fuel-efficient and more costly to maintain, the university is “greening” its fleet with electric vehicles.
Be on the lookout for 10 more electric buses next year. Once they join the fleet, battery-electric buses will account for more than half of the 1.1 million miles Stanford’s free shuttle service travels annually.
The 10 new electric vehicles will be smaller – 30 feet long – than earlier models, which are 40 feet long. Stanford will reduce its kilowatt-hours per mile by operating the smaller electric vehicles on routes with lower ridership.
“We’re not just running buses, we’re leveraging cutting-edge technologies and running clean, quiet electric buses,” said BRIAN SHAW, director of Parking & Transportation Services.