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New electric bus delivered to AVTA

OW Staff Writer | 5/19/2017, midnight

The Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) announced recently the delivery of its first 60-foot articulated electric bus and the completion of the southland’s first WAVE (wireless advanced vehicle electrification) inductive chargers. The developments are said to represent major milestones in the transit company’s push to become “100-percent green” by next year.

“This represents a special day by the AVTA,” said Marvin Crist, AVTA board chairman. “After years of vision and hard work, (the delivery) ushers in a new era of high-quality transit service that will serve our community well, as AVTA becomes a model for others communities to follow.”

The conversion project began with a $1.9 million spearheaded by from former Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich. The ATVA then shifted toward converting its entire bus fleet to 100-percent battery electric vehicles by 2018. The AVTA partnered with Lancaster-based BYD (Build Your Dreams) who manufactured the new buses.

“AVTA’s new BYD 60-foot articulated bus is the first generation of the most advanced bus on the market,” said Stella Li, president of BYD. “We look forward to helping the AVTA ultimately meet its 100-percent zero emission transit fleet goal.”

AVTA serves more than 450,000 residents of Lancaster and Palmdale, as well as the unincorporated portions of northern Los Angeles County.