The $40 million project to convert aging diesel buses to all electric buses will be funded through a $24.4 million grant recently awarded to AVTA from the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) along with $15 million in matching federal funds.
Another component of the project is to install state-of-the-art wireless charging stations which will allow the electric buses to charge wirelessly simply by driving the vehicles over charging pads embedded in the ground. “Wireless charging will enable electric buses to operate all day without having to take time to re-charge batteries back at the yard,” said AVTA Board Chairman Marvin Crist. “Growth is an important factor, and this technology allows for future fleet expansion without range limitation.” The first in-ground wireless charging pad, developed by Utah-based WAVE, Inc., was installed earlier this year at the Lancaster City Park boarding location. Installation of the second charging pad will begin next Friday, March 25, 2016, at the Palmdale Transportation Center boarding location. Upgrading the Palmdale Transportation Center is key as it is a planned stop for the California High Speed Rail and the XpressWest High Speed Rail to Las Vegas.