By Cody Mello-Klein | firstname.lastname@example.org
Alexandria’s DASH buses just got a lot quieter.
DASH unveiled six zero-emission electric buses on Monday, a move toward 100% green transportation. DASH currently uses diesel and hybrid fuel engines but aims to make the switch to 100% zero-emission buses by 2035.
Gov. Ralph Northam stood side-by-side with local officials and DASH staff to unveil the buses on Monday.
The first sex electric buses in DASH’s fleet, along with charging stations, were purchased using $5.1 million of the $12 million DASH received in state funding on July 24 to allocate to electric buses. About $9 million of that funding comes from the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust, the result of the state’s settlement with Volkswagen after the company violated the Clean Air Act.