Office of Transportation

UM Orders Zero-Emission Electric Buses for UDASH Fleet

Proterra battery-electric bus
Proterra Catalyst battery-electric bus

The Associated Students of the University of Montana recently announced its decision to “go electric” with the purchase of two zero-emission battery-electric buses. With approval by the Montana University System Board of Regents, the student-led transit agency will be the first in the U.S. to bring fast-charging electric buses to a University fleet.

Proterra is the only company that offers the fast-charging electric bus, and ASUM is its first university client to make a purchase. ASUM Transportation ordered two 40-foot Catalyst Fast Charge buses and a charging station for its campus routes. The buses are expected to arrive and enter into service in summer 2016.

“We take great pride in our decision to go electric,” said Jordan Hess, ASUM Office of Transportation director. “This innovate service aligns with student advocacy and reduces our carbon footprint. The buses will be purchased with student fee money and in the long run will offer the University substantial cost savings.”

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UDASH route map. The map shows the general area of each route in and around the University of Montana.