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LA orders 155 electric buses

The first vehicles are expected to be in service by summer, with the full fleet deployed by the end of next year.

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The Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) has placed what it says is the largest single order for electric buses in the US to date.

 

LADOT’s purchase of 155 zero-emission buses will give the city a fleet of 159. The first 25 vehicles are expected to be in service by summer, with the remaining buses arriving in 2021 at a rate of around 10 per month.

 

The announcement comes after Mayor Eric Garcetti signed LA’s Green New Deal: Leading By Example executive directive earlier this month. He said it aimed to accelerate the work of the Green New Deal, released in April 2019, and help LA become carbon-neutral by 2050 through a series of measures, including making LADOT’s bus fleet entirely emissions-free in time for the opening ceremonies of the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

 

“The clean transportation revolution is not a distant dream it’s happening on LA’s streets right now,” said Mayor Garcetti. “Seeing these zero-emission buses rolling down our roads in the years ahead will bring us one step closer to realising our vision of cleaner air, lower emissions, healthier communities and a more sustainable future for all Angelenos.”

 

"Bold investment"

 

The purchase was funded using federal and state grants, alongside matching city funds.

 

"Los Angeles is making a bold investment in a clean transportation future," said LADOT general manager Seleta Reynolds. "These 155 buses will save the city money on fuel costs and improve air quality and health for families across the region we serve."

 

The purchase was funded using federal and state grants, alongside matching city funds.

 

The buses have been ordered from Chinese manufacturer BYD (130) and Proterra (25), which manufactures in LA County.

 

The announcement about the new bus fleet was made at LADOT’s new bus maintenance yard a three-acre, LEED Platinum-certified facility with solar panel canopies and electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure to allow for the service of up to 70 buses.

 

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