BYD, AVSTA agree on battery electric school buses

BYD, AVSTA agree on battery electric school buses

BYD and the Antelope Valley Schools Transportation Agency (AVSTA) announced Monday a plan to bring 20 battery electric school buses to students in the Antelope Valley. The buses will be built in Lancaster, Calif., at the BYD Coach and Bus facility by members of the SMART Union.

AVSTA CEO Morris Fuselier III expressed excitement about the announcement and noted it would be just the first step on a journey to bring clean transportation to the students of the region.

The plan to bring battery electric school buses to the students oft he Antelope Valley was also hailed by local leaders including Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris, who noted that AVSTA is on a path to become the first school transportation provider in California to operate a complete fleet of zero emission school buses.

BYD School buses are eligible for federal and state purchase incentives offered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB).

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