Is Buying 95 Battery Vehicles from BYD and New Flyer
As Actions Include CNG/RNG Vehicles from Two Suppliers,
And Up to $26.5 Million for Near Zero Replacement Engines
The busy board of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority – LA Metro – voted last week to buy 95 all-battery buses. And while it endorsed the idea of an all-electric fleet in future, the board voted too to buy 360 compressed natural gas-fueled buses and to replace the engines in as many as 395 existing CNG buses with super low-NOx “Near Zero” engines from Cummins Westport. updated August 2
The LA Metro board is taking a hard look at going 100% electric by 2030, directing the agency “to create a zero emission bus infrastructure working group comprised of Metro staff, federal and state regulators and local utility companies to track market availability and to cultivate ongoing collaboration among stakeholders.”
Battery Buses and CNG, Near Zero Too using RNG Fuel
Natural gas advocates including Southern California Gas quickly made the case that the combination of RNG/renewable natural gas and the Near Zero engines is effectively as clean.
- BYD is to supply sixty 40-foot all-battery K9 buses for LA Metro’s Silver Line;
- New Flyer is to supply 35 of its 60-foot articulated all-battery buses for the agency’s Orange Line;
- New Flyer is to supply 65 CNG-fueled 60-foot articulated to replace buses purchased between 2004 and 2008, to go into service with LA Metro between 2018 and 2022 – they’re to be powered by RNG;
- ENC/ElDorado National-California is to supply 295 CNG-fueled 40-foot buses, marking a for the manufacturer with the Los Angeles agency. The ENC Axess buses will have super low-NOx 8.9-liter engines from Cummins Westport, to be designated L9N, replacing today’s ISL G Near Zero. They too are to be powered by RNG. (F&F, June 27); and
- Cummins Pacific, LLC is to supply 395 super low-NOx engines as replacements in existing CNG buses under a contract worth as much as $26.5 million with options over three years.
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Source: LA Metro with Fleets & Fuels follow-up