The city of Los Angeles commit to deploy an all-electric bus fleet by 2030 and is moving forward with the purchase of 25 Proterra buses for delivery in 2019. Even though most of the attention on electric mobility focused on electric cars, electric buses and trucks will also a play key role in reducing air pollution.
The Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) has committed to electrifying 359 fleet vehicles by 2030. Proterra battery-electric buses will replace CNG buses and will enable the city to significantly cut CO2 emissions and save $11.2 million. Indeed, the electric buses need less energy to function and require fewer maintenance costs.
“Our goal is a 100 percent electric bus fleet – it’s a quiet ride for our customers and cleaner air for our city,” said Seleta Reynolds, LADOT’s general manager. “We know we can’t achieve our vision without partners like Proterra, and we can’t wait to see these buses on the street!”
This initiative contributes to a larger decision Southern California transportation agencies including Foothill Transit, LA Metro and Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) to go fully electric over the next 15 years. In 2016, Foothill Transit made the commitment to electrify its fleet by 2030 ans AVTA to convert its 85-bus fleet to battery electric buses by 2018. This transition in Southern California will result in one of the heaviest concentrations of electric buses in North America.
“Los Angeles County is home to our manufacturing facility in the City of Industry, where we manufacture the Catalyst electric buses, so it is fitting that our buses will be deployed in nearby regions,” said Ryan Popple, CEO of Proterra. “We’re proud to support transit agencies in meeting their climate action goals through the procurement of battery-electric buses. We applaud these agencies for their efforts to create an experience that supports healthy communities.”