ATVC Board is to Vote on $30 Million Proposal Friday
LA Metro staff is recommending that the Los Angeles agency contract with BYD for as many as 30 battery electric buses via a procurement worth some $30 million. The ATVC – Advanced Transit Vehicle Consortium – board approved the move on June 7, and a full LA Metro board vote is slated for later this month. updated June 12
BYD would manufacture and deliver as many as 25 zero emission buses, and convert five existing buses. The buses to be converted are gasoline-electric hybrids purchased from the defunct ISE in 2008.
“The [proposed] contract award to BYD is $20,739,250,” states an ATVC staff recommendation. “The LOP (life of program) budget is $30,000,000. The remaining $9,260,750 will be used for the conversion of the gasoline electric hybrid buses, as well as procurement of the necessary peripheral systems and components.”
BYD recently announced that it would build battery electric buses at a former Rexhall Industries recreational vehicle factory in Lancaster, Calif. in northern Los Angeles County (F&F, April 19).
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Source: LA Metro staff report with Fleets & Fuels follow-up