Bay Area Rapid Transit
At a Glance
Zero Emission Vehicles, Freight and Logistics
Kabir Nadkarni supported an electrification strategy for Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)’s non-revenue vehicle fleet.
Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) is electrifying its non-revenue vehicle fleet as a requirement of California’s Advanced Clean Fleets regulation and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Non-revenue vehicles are cars and trucks used by BART staff. To support its non-revenue fleet electrification strategy, BART enlisted Kabir Nadkarni to evaluate procurement options and estimate economic and environmental impacts.
Nadkarni approached the problem using the following process:
- Right-size the current non-revenue vehicle fleet based on estimated underutilization. After reviewing fleet data on corrective maintenance and mileage, Nadkarni identified on-road, non-revenue vehicles that were potentially underused.
- Prioritize EV replacement options for overutilized non-revenue vehicles. Nadkarni identified EV models ready for pre-order from 35 manufacturers producing models in the U.S. He also prioritized vehicles eligible for replacement and identified suitable replacements for the highest priority vehicles.
- Identify next steps for operational plan. Nadkarni identified an important next step of conducting end-user surveys to verify that shortlisted EV models meet the specific departmental needs, and outlined alternative procurement methods.
Using the structured approach, Nadkarni identified over half of the non-revenue on-road vehicles that are believed to be underutilized, and opportune for right-sizing through carpooling. For the remaining overutilized vehicles, Nadkarni identified 148 North American vehicles that are ready for pre-order, and identified vehicles that will be available in MY2024 and MY2025. He also identified suitable electric replacements for the highest priority non-revenue vehicles.