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Zion National Park will switch to zero emission, battery-electric buses

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Posted at 5:05 PM, Feb 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-03 08:16:37-05

SPRINGDALE, Utah — Zion National Park will receive a $33 million grant as it begins a switch to new battery-electric buses.

The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded the park the grant to help move away from its aging shuttle bus fleet.

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Over the next few years, the zero emission buses will replace the propane-powered vehicles that are currently run at Zion National Park. The new fleet will include 26 battery-electric buses and 27 charging stations.

During a 19-year period beginning in July 2000, the shuttle buses at Zion had transported more than 6 million passengers.

"The existing fleet has served us well for 21 years but has started to deteriorate with age and use," said Park Superintendent Jeff Bradybaugh. "The new equipment consists of quiet, zero-emission buses that will help to further improve the visitor experience and demonstrate National Park Service leadership in environmental sustainability.”