All LA Metro Buses To Be Electric By 2030

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 29, 2017

Metro announced Thursday that it will purchase 95 electric buses in the first step towards transitioning into an emissions-free fleet, which it hopes to accomplish by 2030.

Los Angeles Metro and BYD just confirmed that the transportation system, one of the biggest in the U.S., just confirmed having placed one of the largest electric bus order ever: 60 new 40-ft BYD all-electric buses.

The technology of electric buses is still under development, and one of its negatives is that it still cannot cover long distances when compared to the natural gas-powered ones that can run hundreds of miles at a stretch. The last one was pulled off the streets in 2015 after less-than-favorable functionality.

They are encouraging local manufacturing by ordering from BYD since even though it's a Chinese company, it has an electric bus and truck division based in Los Angeles. That facility has grown from 90,000 square feet to 400,000 square feet and together with its downtown office employs 700 people.

"Electric buses on today's grid are a lot less polluting than the natural gas buses now on the road".

This award comes weeks after BYD signed a Community Benefits Agreement with the Jobs to Move America Coalition, which includes community, faith, labor, and environmental organizations working to advance good job and equity outcomes through transit investments, and as BYD moves forward on union negotiations with the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation Workers Local 105.

According to Metro, all the new buses will be built in Southern California. To take care of such concerns, two specific routes have been identified for a start in Los Angeles for the Silver Line and the Orange Line.

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