The Anaheim Transportation Network has been awarded a $5m grant to advance its effort to become California’s first all-electric transit operator by the California Energy Commission.
The Anaheim Transportation Network (ATN) has secured a $5m grant to help advance its effort to become California’s first all-electric public transit operator by 2025.
The grant, awarded by the California Energy Commission (CEC), will be used to acquire charging stations, batteries, and the other solar infrastructure required to support ATN’s microgrid and zero-emission vehicle fleet.
“This investment will assist ATN in delivering a world-class electric bus fleet that will not only benefit passengers but will also enhance air quality for the entire region,” said Diana Kotler, executive director, ATN.
“With a goal of becoming California’s first all-electric bus fleet by 2025, we are excited to be creating sustainable public transportation options to meet the transit demands of local residents, employees, and visitors.”
Funds provided as part of CEC’s Clean Transportation Programme will assist in the purchase, installation, and integration of ATN’s microgrid and solar charging infrastructure. The infrastructure includes multiple Tesla MegaPack battery energy storage systems, microgrid controller units, and heavy-duty all-electric battery charging stations at both of ATN’s facilities in Anaheim.
ATN has partnered with Amply Power for the management of the charging operations from system design, installation, equipment purchases, operations, and maintenance. The 20-year purchase power agreement (PPA) and charge management service includes the construction of a 545kW solar canopy that will provide 25 per cent of the total expected energy consumption.
“This investment will assist ATN in delivering a world-class electric bus fleet that will not only benefit passengers but will also enhance air quality for the entire region”
In addition to its own investments, ATN said it has been working to establish partnerships and other local funding opportunities in order to realise the environmental and economic benefits of a fully solar-charged bus fleet.
Operating as the flagship programme of ATN, Anaheim Resort Transportation (ART) and Free Rides Around the Neighbourhood (Fran) is a network of interchangeable transit and microtransit routes with service to more than 70 stops in-and-around Anaheim and Orange County.
ATN also collaborates on long-distance connections with regional transportation providers, as well as with the City of Anaheim on transit initiatives for local constituents.
The agency claims a ridership of more than 9.5 million each year using a fleet of 81 buses and 10 micro-transit vehicles, all of which are certified clean-fuel vehicles running on either natural gas or electric operating platforms.
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