The Antelope Valley Transit Authority has reached the milestone of two million miles of electric bus service. The authority estimates its transition to electric vehicles has reduced its diesel fuel consumption by 512,000 gallons and fuel costs by $801,000. Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions have been cut by 12.2 million pounds. The authority serves Palmdale, Lancaster and northern Los Angeles County. In 2016 it signed a $79-million contract with BYD for up to 85 electric buses. AVTA plans to transition to an all-electric fleet.
The Capital District Transportation Authority of Albany, New York, has put its first New Flyer battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE buses into service. In addition to four 40-foot buses, the authority also contracted New Flyer Infrastructure Solutions to provide four Siemens direct current depot chargers.