Frank Wojciechowski

The first of the University’s new electric buses arrived on campus in mid-October, with 16 more scheduled to enter service by Commencement. Each bus contains a series of batteries that together produce 435 kilowatt-hours. 

In a University release, Charlie Tennyson, director of Transportation and Parking Services, said that once the transition away from diesel is complete, “Princeton will be the first Ivy League institution to own and operate a fully electric transit fleet.” The University is also installing 10 charging stations that will be able to charge two buses each, though the primary charging station will be off-campus and use energy from PSE&G.

The buses will also feature state-of-the-art wheelchair positions that don’t require assistance from the driver, and spots for USB charging.