The launch of a new, all-electric LADOT DASH bus (the first of expected fleet of four) was celebrated during a press conference attended by Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilmember Mike Bonin, and L.A. City Department of Transportation General Manager Seleta Reynolds on January 12th 2017.
The buses manufactured by BYD in Lancaster were purchased by LADOT with the $2.8 million grant from the California Energy Commission, administered by CALSTART.
The new electric bus is 35 foot long, has a range of 150 miles on a single charge, runs quietly, has free wi-fi and is overall fantastic! An electric bus would reduce emissions by 90%, improve the air quality for us all, not to mention have global implications in terms of delaying climate change.
The first electric LADOT DASH bus will provide service to commuters on LADOT DASH Route A (from the Arts District to Central City West). By mid-2017 the additional three electric buses will be added to the fleet.
The prospect of gradually replacing diesel-powered buses with the electric – and so much cleaner – alternative is wonderful news for Los Angeles where we’re very sensitive to air quality. On the downside, the latest isn’t the first attempt to introduce electric buses in Los Angeles. The original attempt (Metro’s) failed. The first electric buses didn’t meet challenges of L.A. steep hills and wreaked havoc with L.A. Metro’s schedule. We’re hopeful that LADOT DASH’s introduction of its first electric bus will be more successful.