Barstow goes green with 5 new fully electric city buses | Local News

Barstow is getting 5 new battery electric buses for residents to use.

The new green fleet is the first time passengers in the town of Barstow and surrounding communities will have the opportunity to experience the “New Xcelsior XE Electric Battery Flyer” the buses. VVTA, which operates the vehicles, says they will operate strictly zero-emission vehicles by 2035.

In 2018, the agency’s board passed its endorsement of resolution number 18-04 “its commitment to operate a fleet of 100% electric and hydrogen fuel cells, and set a goal to achieve that goal. by 2035″. The first seven BEBs have been in service throughout the Victor Valley since 2019.

“The switch to battery electric technology is the right move at the right time for Barstow,” said Barstow Board Member and Board Member James Noble. “By purchasing battery electric buses, [it] is in a position for Southern California Edison (SCE) to provide all electrical infrastructure required under its SCE Charge Ready transit bus program. lines and enough power for the Barstow facility that will house the buses.

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) enacted its Innovative Clean Transit (ICT) project in 2018. In response, VVTA says it exited ahead of regulations, taking advantage of all available incentives ahead of actual regulatory deadlines. The agency says it did this by taking advantage of the VW Mitigation incentive for purchasing zero-emission buses. Volkswagen (VW) Environmental Mitigation Trust is providing approximately $423 million to California to mitigate excessive nitrogen oxide emissions caused by VW’s use of illegal emission test neutralization devices in certain VW diesel vehicles. The agency says it requested the funds for the purchase of battery electric buses. He received $180,000 for each of the five BEBs ordered for Barstow.

“Taking into account all the unique variables, steep inclines, long distances, extreme weather conditions and traffic patterns, we are confident in the package we have selected and the limited number of routes these buses will serve with success,” says VVTA Director, Fleet & Facilities Dustin Strandberg, commenting on the number of research analysts on the project.

With an average range of around 150 miles between charges, the agency plans to roll out the five 40ft buses in the coming days. Projected operating savings over the 12-year lifespan of these vehicles are expected to add up to over $125,000 in maintenance savings compared to conventionally powered vehicle shifts.

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