Though the upfront cost of $450,000 per bus appears quite high, Redhead said the compressed natural gas buses cost about that same amount and are more expensive to maintain over time.
A fact sheet accompanying the ordinance said making the switch to electric buses will reduce the city’s fuel costs.
Redhead said these would be the first electric shuttle buses acquired by the aviation department, which has used compressed natural gas vehicles for more than 10 years.
Some other airports, including Atlanta, have purchased electric shuttle buses with the help of federal grant money. The Kansas City aviation department tried for such a federal grant but didn’t win it, so the purchase will be made with city aviation funds, Redhead said.
I'm intrigued about this. KCATA is buying CNG busses and the airport is moving away from them.