Record electric bus order for Los Angeles

Los Angeles Department of Transportation has placed the largest order for electric buses to date in the United States. The total order is for 155 buses, with 134 to be supplied by BYD.

“The clean transportation revolution is not a distant dream — it’s happening on LA’s streets right now,” says Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti. He praised BYD for building its fleet of “all-American buses in Los Angeles County with an “all-American” workforce.

“BYD has its American headquarters here in Los Angeles,” he adds. “We’re happy that we are doing this together.”

BYD North America president Stella Li, says: “This is not a small order of 20 buses, this not a demo any more. This is the real thing. It is moving on LA streets every day. They have been here four years already and the city can see these buses are reliable.”

Garcetti adds: ”Seeing these zero-emission buses rolling down our roads in the years ahead will bring us one step closer to realising our vision of cleaner air, lower emissions, healthier communities, and a more sustainable future for all Angelenos”.

The order is part of the city’s Green New Deal: Leading By Example, which includes measures to make LADOT’s bus fleet entirely emission-free in time for the opening ceremonies of the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“Los Angeles is making a bold investment in a clean transportation future,” LADOT general manager Seleta Reynolds says. “These 155 buses will save the city money on fuel costs and improve air quality and health for families across the region we serve.”