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The University of Georgia is using a $10 million grant secured from the State Road and Tollway Authority to chase its sustainability and carbon emissions reduction plans.

The grant is part of the GO! Transit Capital Programme and is being used by the University of Georgia to build its portfolio of electric vehicles.

The university has signed a deal with Proterra for the provision of 20 electric buses and fourteen 125KW EV chargers.

The deal will have the University of Georgia own one of the largest fleets of electric buses in the US.

The fleet will displace more than 2,500,000 gallons of diesel over the vehicles’ 12-year lifespan and eliminate over 4,500,000 pounds of carbon emissions annually.

The electric buses will transport students, faculty and visitors for free. The university delivers an average of 40,000 rides a day.

Such electric buses have been adopted by Florida State University, University of Montana, Duke University and Alabama A&M University.

Ryan Popple, CEO at Proterra, said: “Colleges and universities across the country are experiencing the financial and environmental benefits of deploying electric buses, which offer a smart solution for clean and quiet campus transportation.

“By deploying zero-emission buses, the University of Georgia will make a big impact in reaching its sustainability goals, reducing their carbon footprint and increasing alternative transportation on campus.”