NICE to roll out fleet of electric battery-powered buses by end of year
A fleet of electric battery-powered NICE buses will roll out by the end of the year in Nassau County.
The new buses will cost $1.1 million each, a little more expensive than the cost of the current natural gas fueled buses.
However, NICE says in the end, the cost is much less to run and maintain.
Officials say the buses give off zero emissions and low carbon footprint, which continues with the county’s commitment to protecting the environment.
"The county is a leader in the environment, in terms of our bus system. This is one of the most cleanest burning, less impactful, smallest carbon footprints around and adding these electric buses is simply going to increase the benefits to our environment," says Richard Nicolello, presiding officer.
The county says the legislature will be approving the use of county state and federal funds to pay for these new buses and the charging infrastructure. Legislators say they will cost about a total of $7.5 million and will go into service by the end of the year.