AVTA passes new electric milestone with five million miles of zero-emission bus operations

May 13, 2021
The five million miles have reduced the agency’s carbon footprint by eliminating more than 30 million pounds of CO2 and 72,500 pounds of particulate matter.

The Antelope Valley Transit Authority’s electric buses reached the five-million-mile mark on May 7.  

AVTA’s zero-emission fleet, the first all-electric local bus fleet in the nation, accumulated five million service miles moving residents of the Antelope Valley around Lancaster, Palmdale and the unincorporated portions of northern Los Angeles County such as Pearblossom, Littlerock and Lake Los Angeles. 

AVTA Chairman of the Board Marvin Crist highlighted some of the benefits to the community and beyond that are a result of the electrification of AVTA’s fleet. 

“In those five million electric miles, approximately 1,282,051 gallons of diesel fuel have been saved,” said Crist. “This equates to a net savings of $1,640,352 in fuel costs after paying for electricity. Even more impressive, those five million all-electric miles represent a carbon footprint reduction of more than 30 million pounds of CO2 and 72,500 pounds of particulate matter." 

Since February 2016, when the AVTA Board of Directors voted to award a contract to BYD to manufacture electric buses over a five-year period at BYD’s facility in Lancaster, Calif., AVTA has been on the path to pioneering battery electric bus transportation.  

The project has created a smarter, greener and more interconnected transit system serving the Antelope Valley and areas extending south into the Los Angeles basin and north to Edwards Air Force Base and the Mojave Air and Space Port.  

By combining electric bus technology with wireless inductive charging technology, AVTA says its bus project is the first of its kind in the nation.  

“AVTA operates 65 vehicles in our local fixed route fleet, all of which are zero-emission,” continued Crist. “The non-electric buses are for commuter service only and their all-electric counterparts will start arriving in June 2021, assuring a transition of our commuter fleet to all electric by next December. The majority of AVTA’s electric fleet consists of BYD electric buses, manufactured right here in the Antelope Valley. 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.”