Net-Zero Goal: DFW International Airport to Get Battery-Electric Buses in 2023

The buses are being delivered by a subsidiary of Wisconsin-based Rev Group Inc. called ElDorado National Inc., which announced that the airport ordered four of its new Axess EVO-BE Battery Electric buses and 22 of its compressed natural gas-powered buses.

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport will receive new battery-electric buses this year that the airport believes will help it meet its net-zero goal in 2030.

The manufacturer said the sale will be the leading edge for more sales to local and state governments wanting low- and no-emission vehicles.

The buses are being delivered by ElDorado National Inc., which announced that the airport ordered four of its new Axess EVO-BE Battery Electric buses and 22 of its compressed natural gas-powered buses. California-based ElDorado is a subsidiary of REV Group Inc., which is headquartered in Wisconsin.

No purchase price was disclosed for the buses that were sold via ElDorado National dealership Creative Bus Sales of Indianapolis.

DFW Airport will get battery electric buses in 2023 from ElDorado National California (ENC) [Courtesy: ENC]

Goal: net-zero by 2030

The new fleet is part of the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport’s ongoing efforts to reduce carbon emissions and achieve a goal of net-zero by 2030, Ken Buchanan, DFW’s executive vice president of revenue management and customer experience, said in a statement.

The battery system and energy storage for the Axess EVO-BE will be supplied by Proterra Inc. of Burlingame, California, and will be available with 738 kWh of battery energy storage, the company said.

The buses will be delivered by summer 2023, REV Group CEO Rod Rushing said during the company’s fiscal fourth-quarter analyst call earlier this month. He included the sale to DFW among the company’s quarterly highlights.

Grants for emission-free buses

Rushing said that the Federal Transit Administration had announced $1.66 billion of grants for low- and no-emission buses under the 2021 Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act. The bill will provide $5.5 billion over five years to state and local governmental authorities to buy or lease zero-emission and low-emission transit buses as well as funding supporting facilities, the company said.

“We believe emission-free buses will attract significant municipal interest as state, local governments pursue low- and no-emission transit buses under FTA grants,” Rushing told analysts.

In the past year, many of Rev Group’s businesses delivered or introduced new zero-emission products, he said.

The company’s battery-electric portfolio includes the first North American-style fire truck, ambulances and school buses, Rushing said. REV Group also offers terminal trucks and municipal transit buses in both battery-electric and hydrogen fuel powertrains, Rushing said.

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