Teslas and Nissan LEAFs aren’t the only all-electric vehicles that you’ll see on the streets of downtown Nashville. The Metropolitan Transit Authority is moving forward with plans to convert the vans and buses on its Music City Circuit downtown circulator route to an all-electric fleet.
MTA will use a $250,000 Clean Tennessee Energy grant to purchase a second fast charger for the fleet of nine electric buses that it plans to buy. The Music City Circuit provides free service to the Gulch, Bicentennial Mall area and other downtown destinations.
The grant is being awarded by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, which said in a release that the conversion to electric vehicles will remove roughly 56,000 pounds of carbon dioxide from the air and save about $75,000 a year based on the price of electricity compared to diesel fuel.