The Antelope Valley (California) Transit Authority (AVTA) is purchasing two 40-foot BYD electric buses as well as a wireless inductive charging system. The buses, which were funded through a $1.9-million grant supported by Proposition A local return funds, will begin testing on local routes for a 12-month period to determine their performance in the high desert climate.
AVTA serves a population of more than 450,000 residents in the cities of Lancaster and Palmdale as well as the unincorporated portions of northern Los Angeles County.
“We see the value of modern, clean and efficient buses. The AVTA is a proponent of green technology and we look forward to being a leader in zero-emission bus deployment,” said AVTA Chairman of the Board Norm Hickling. “We have researched several electric bus charging systems and believe inductive technology, for our initial testing, provides AVTA the best option.”