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December 6, 2023

Charging Forward: reaching a zero-emission transit fleet with a public-private partnership project

UW researchers explore using public-private partnerships to convert bus bases for electric-powered vehicle charging.

Conversion of bus base facilities, the heart of transit operations, for electric vehicle charging is a large-scale project with many players and complex needs. One option for transit agencies working to shift to a zero-emission fleet is a public-private partnership model (P3), which defers upfront capital construction costs and has the potential to help agencies meet long-term sustainability and resiliency goals.

This research out of the Mobility Innovation Center at the University of Washington (UW), led by professor Hyun Woo “Chris” Lee and senior research scientist Laura Osburn of the Department of Construction Management in UW’s College of Built Environments, explored this possibility and highlighted opportunities and challenges. Their work was featured in UW Today in January 2024.

Read the full report here.