Alexandria’s DASH tests out an electric, articulated bus

Virginia

The $6 million dollar pilot is funded in part by the Volkswagen Mitigation Trust Fund, which is funding the city's first six electric buses.

CITY OF ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WDVM) — The City of Alexandria’s DASH bus system might be adding an electric bus to its fleet. This week, DASH is testing out an electric, articulated bus.

This summer and fall, six electric buses are expected to hit the road, thanks to a $6 million pilot, funded in part by the Volkswagen Mitigation Trust Fund. While the articulated bus might look bigger and scarier, a DASH bus driver told us they’re actually easier to drive.

“DASH goes a long ways (sic) to reducing the carbon footprint of the whole community as a whole by reducing single occupancy vehicles off the roads,” said Assistant General Manager Raymond Mui, “but we want to even further expand on that by reducing and eliminating the pollution off the buses themselves.”

Articulated buses also seat passengers more comfortably and may reduce the amount of buses DASH needs for its fleet. One articulated bus can replace four standard buses.

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