The City administration launched an electric bus pilot project to test the incorporation of electric-powered vehicles in our public transit system. Throughout this week, Oahu Transit Services is testing the bus on 23 established TheBus routes, including routes that pass
through Aiea via Kamehameha Highway to Waianae, Mililani, and Waimanalo, successfully completing 13 of the 23 routes as of February 7. If implemented, each electric bus incorporated into our transit system would result in approximately $18,000 in fuel savings per year; if the City converts its entire fleet from diesel to electric in accordance with its pledge, it would save approximately $400,000 in operation and maintenance costs for each bus over its lifetime.
With the State Legislature mandating 100% renewable energy sources across the state, and each mayor pledging a 100% renewable ground transportation system in every county by 2045, it is important that the City and County of Honolulu develop innovative solutions to achieve a sustainable and energy-efficient Honolulu.
In partnership with Hawaii Energy, the City will also begin retrofitting eleven of its rental properties with energy- efficient showerheads, faucets, and light bulbs and no cost, with a goal of eventually retrofitting more than 10000 City-owned housing units across Oahu. This is estimated to save residents up to $160 per year, and save taxpayers approximately $120,000 per year.
As the Chair of the Public Works, Infrastructure, and Sustainability Committee for the City Council, I am glad to see the City take a larger role in improving the sustainability of our transportation system and our properties!