The first electric shuttle bus, part of what the Indianapolis International Airport says will grow to be the largest fleet of its kind in the country, has started serving travelers. Plans call for nine buses to be operating at IND by the end of 2019. Zero Emission grants from the Federal Aviation Administration totaling $3.6 million will cover the cost of the buses.
Indianapolis Airport Authority Director of Environment and Sustainability Todd Cavender says "as the first domestic airport terminal campus to earn the LEED certification, we continue to make the necessary investments in environmental sustainability. Our participation in the carbon-reduction program not only contributes to environmental sustainability, but it does so in a way that increases the airport’s public value and economic impact to the community."
Officials say actions by the airport have resulted in a reduction in carbon emissions equal to removing 5,720 fossil fuel-powered vehicles from the road.
The first bus is running now, five more will launch next year and three more after that in 2019.