AVTA EV Bus Fleet Reaches 2 Million Electric Miles

AVTA celebrates 2 million electric miles by electric buses in the cities of Palmdale, Lancaster and Northern Los Angeles County.

The Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) transit agency, which operates in the cities of Palmdale, Lancaster and Northern Los Angeles County, recently reached 2 million miles (3.2 km) of service using BYD buses.

The company has close relationships with the Chinese manufacturer BYD, which in Lancaster opened its U.S. production plant for electric buses and trucks. We guess that AVTA has become a special customer to show the other North American fleets what can be achieved with EVs.

In 2016 AVTA signed a $79 million contract with BYD for up to 85 vehicles to become a 100% zero-emission fleet.

“In February 2016, the AVTA awarded Lancaster-based BYD a $79 million contract to purchase up to 85 electric buses over the next five years. The first order was for 29 electric buses, and included 16 45-foot commuter coaches and 13 60-foot articulated buses. This initial phase of the Electric Bus Fleet Conversion project is being funded through a $24.4 million grant recently awarded to AVTA from the CalSTA, plus matching AVTA and federal funds of $15 million. On September 1st, 2017, AVTA made history by becoming the world’s first transit agency to operate a 60′ all-electric articulated bus in revenue service!”

A few years later AVTA list milestones after the first 2 million electric miles:


  • 512,000 gallons of diesel
  • $801,000 in fuel costs

That in turn has prevented:

  • 12.2 million pounds of CO2;
  • 87 pounds of methane and;
  • 82 pounds of nitrogen oxides

AVTA Executive Director Julie Austin in front of the new BYD bus

2016 announcement to switch all-electric:

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