Board of Airport Commissioners Approve Purchase of 20 Electric Buses for Airside Use at LAX

04/20/2018 01:00 PM


For Immediate Release:
April 20, 2018

Frederick Badlissi
(424) 646-5260


With this procurement, LAX will have the largest electric bus airfield fleet in the world, providing quiet, emissions-free rides for guests.


The new buseswill be used for transporting guests across LAX's airfield between gates and terminals. Note that the above rendering may not necessarily reflect the final appearance of LAX's buses.

(Los Angeles, CA) Yesterday, the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners (BOAC) approved the purchase of twenty 60-foot articulating, battery-powered electric buses to be used for airfield guest transportation. The new buses will replace older, diesel-operated buses, and provide transportation for guests traveling between terminals and gates on the Los Angeles International Airport’s (LAX) airfields. The new buses will also provide guests with quieter rides that produce no polluting emissions, and Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) anticipates reduced maintenance costs.

Electric buses provide substantial environmental benefits, which align with BOAC-approved updates to the LAX Alternative Fuel Vehicle Requirement (AFV requirement), previously approved in October 2017. The updated AFV requirement allows LAWA to take advantage of evolving technological developments in clean vehicles, which includes electric power. Electric buses will also help the city achieve goals set forth in Los AngelesMayor Eric Garcetti’s “Sustainable City pLAn,” by helping to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 45 percent below 1990 baseline levels by 2025.


“With the introduction of these new electric buses, LAX will have the largest fleet of electric airfield buses at an airport in the world, transporting us to a cleaner and quieter busing future,” said Michael Christensen, Deputy Executive Director for Facilities Maintenance and Utilities Group, LAWA. “These buses are smart for the environment and for our bottom line, and we’re excited to start rolling them out in the coming year.”


LAWA’s current airfield bus fleet consists of 26 buses: fourteen diesel-fueled buses that are over twenty years old, and twelve CNG-fueled, 60-foot articulating buses that are over ten years old. Yesterday’s BOAC approval allows LAWA to replace all fourteen diesel-fueled buses with electric buses, and add six electric buses to its airfield bus fleet for a total of 32 buses. The additional capacity will also prepare LAX for a projected 10 percent increase in requests for airfield buses for this calendar year ahead of peak summertime demand.


“These electric buses represent an important step up in terms of sustainability and carbon footprint reduction,” said Samantha Bricker, Deputy Executive Director of the Environmental Programs Group, LAWA. “By replacing14 diesel-powered engines and expanding our battery-electric bus capacity, we’re looking at making a substantial reduction in tailpipe emissions, which means cleaner air for our guests and surrounding neighbors.”

Switching twenty diesel-operated buses to battery-electric buses is projected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from 616,365 pounds per year (or 308 tons) of GHG per year to zero. That’s the equivalent of saving over 34,000 gallons of gasoline from being consumed, or removing 66 conventional passenger vehicles from the road for an entire year.

In calendar year 2017, LAX Bus Operations transported in excess of 2.4 million passengers in over 53,000 bus trips. The approved bid was submitted by BYD Coach and Bus LLC. Bids were submitted by BYD and New Flyer of America, who were recognized as the only two companies who could provide buses built to the bid’s specifications. New Flyer of America’s bid was deemed non-responsive for not adhering to the technical specifications provided in bid documents. The total price for the new buses is not to exceed $23,705,200.

About Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA)
Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) is the City of Los Angeles department that owns and operates Los Angeles International (LAX) and Van Nuys (VNY) general aviation airports, as well as aviation-related property in Palmdale. Both play an integral role in helping to meet the Southern California regional demand for passenger, cargo and general aviation service. Both airports make a distinct contribution to the strength of the system as it provides a high level of safety, security and service for its customers, communities and stakeholders. More information can be found at As a covered entity under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and, upon request, will provide reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to its programs, services, and activities. Alternative formats in large print, braille, audio, and other forms (if possible) will be provided upon request.

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