MEDIA ADVISORY: UCSF Unveils New Electric Shuttles, Moving Toward Goal of All-Electric Fleet

By Laura Kurtzman

What: UCSF is adding 15 new all-electric, zero-emissions transit vehicles to the inter-campus shuttle network that serves UCSF employees, faculty, students, patients and guests. These electric shuttles will replace 17 gas and diesel shuttles, making a quarter of the university’s fleet electric. UCSF aims to have an all-electric fleet within 10 years. The UCSF shuttle network transports about 8,000 passengers a day, driving close to one million miles per year throughout the city.

Why: By retiring 10 diesel and 5 gasoline powered shuttles, the battery electric buses will remove 60 metric tons of CO2 from the air and help to improve air quality. This aligns with UCSF’s 2025 Carbon Neutrality Initiative.

When: 10 AM, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018

Where: UCSF Mission Bay Campus, transit yard across the street from 1500 Owens Street. The entrance to the yard is on Nelson Rising Lane, east of the intersection of Owens Street and Nelson Rising Lane.

Interview, photo and video opportunities: Buses will be available for filming at the ribbon cutting event. B-roll and still photography are available.

UC San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It includes top-ranked graduate schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy; a graduate division with nationally renowned programs in basic, biomedical, translational and population sciences; and a preeminent biomedical research enterprise. It also includes UCSF Health, which comprises three top-ranked hospitals – UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland – as well as Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital and Clinics, UCSF Benioff Children’s Physicians and the UCSF Faculty Practice. UCSF Health has affiliations with hospitals and health organizations throughout the Bay Area. UCSF faculty also provide all physician care at the public Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, and the SF VA Medical Center. The UCSF Fresno Medical Education Program is a major branch of the University of California, San Francisco’s School of Medicine.