Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Los Angeles planning to install megawatt solar microgrid to charge Electric buses

The Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) has been awarded a $6mn grant by the California Energy Commission to install one of the largest EV fleet charging systems in the United States.

The funding comes after the agency had announced to transition its entire fleet to electric in time for the Summer Olympics in 2028.

The LADOT charging system will feature a solar and storage microgrid paired with 104 EV chargers. LADOT selected Proterra and Apparent to install the microgrid and electric bus chargers. The Infrastructure will manage charging and overall energy use for more than 100 electric buses.

LADOT had also ordered 155 electric buses in February 2020 and deliveries have since been underway with BYD to deliver 130 electric buses and Proterra another 25.

Today’s announcement confirmed Proterra had completed the delivery of all 25 electric buses of type ZX5. LADOT also said it currently operates 29 EV buses in its fleet, with 30 additional buses expected to operate by summer 2022.

While the charging infrastructure was to be part of the project from the start, LADOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds said the new grant through the CEC provided

“an essential support facility as we move closer to our goal of a fully electric fleet.”

In 2019, the City of Los Angeles established the goal for LADOT to achieve a 100% electrified bus fleet by 2028 as part of its Zero Emissions Roadmap 2028 2.0 for the Los Angeles area.

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