22 January 2020
A Los Angeles bus operator and early adopter of electric buses has surpassed the two million emissions-free EV miles mark.
Antelope Valley Transit Authority, which serves communities including Palmdale, Lancaster and northern Los Angeles County, hit the milestone shortly before Christmas.
It now aims to become the first transit authority in the United States with a 100% electric bus fleet.
AVTA Chairman, Marvin Crist, said, “Thus far, approximately 512,821 gallons of diesel fuel have been saved with the new battery electric fleet. This equates to a net savings of $801,190 in fuel costs after paying for electricity.
“Even more impressive, those two million all-electric miles represent a carbon footprint reduction of more than 12 million pounds of CO2 and 29,063 pounds of particulate matter.”
AVTA’s current fleet of electric buses – now more than 50% of its total fleet of 88 vehicles – have been manufactured by BYD at its plant in Antleope Valley as part of a five-year deal.
As part of the overall project to electrify its network, the authority has also installed ground-breaking inductive
AVTA Executive Director and CEO Macy Neshati, said, “Our goal from the start was to be the first transit agency to implement electric bus technology on a broad scale, and we have met that goal.”