Repeat order will help ATN grow its zero-emission fleet

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. —  (05/14/2019)– The Anaheim Transportation Network has awarded an order for 40 zero-emission buses to BYD (“Build Your Dreams”), a battery-electric vehicle manufacturer with North American headquarters in Los Angeles.

The ATN fleet order will increase the number of BYD electric buses the agency can deploy to serve one of the nation’s busiest tourism and employment regions. The buses range in size from the 30-foot BYD K7M to the articulated 60-foot K11M. One-half of the order will be the popular 40-foot BYD K9M. The variety of BYD buses will allow ATN to efficiently service a range of routes in the Anaheim Resort™.

“We’ve been operating four of BYD’s 40-foot K9Ms on our routes over the past two years, and based on their performance, we are confident in BYD’s quality product and their support of our efforts to electrify our fleet,” ATN Executive Director Diana Kotler said. “These new buses will provide ATN a 57 percent zero-emission fleet by 2020.”

A private, non-profit transportation management association, ATN was created to develop and operate the Anaheim Resort Transit (“ART”) for the Anaheim Resort™ District system and surrounding areas in the city with clean fuel shuttles.

BYD Coach & Bus Vice President Bobby Hill welcomed the opportunity to continue working with ATN, a valued client, partner and repeat customer.

“Residents and visitors to the Anaheim area will enjoy the benefits of a quieter ride, a cleaner environment and the reliability of zero emission buses manufactured by BYD,” Hill said. “We’re proud to help ATN reduce the region’s carbon footprint.”

Each year more than 9.5 million residents, visitors and employees use ART to connect with local destinations and the iconic ARTIC regional transportation center as part of the citywide #ElectrifyAnaheim program.

ATN was one of 28 California projects selected in 2018 to receive a grant from the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP), which provides awards from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to help finance transformative, reduction-of-emission capital improvements.  In addition to TIRCP, ATN was also awarded funds for this significant project from the State of California HVIP vouchers, Anaheim Tourism Improvement District and the City of Norwalk. The bus order will be placed through two existing statewide contracts in Washington and Georgia, which local governments and transit agencies can access to benefit from the leveraged purchasing power, convenience and competitive pricing of these pre-established contracts – saving time and money.

When it comes to zero-emission transportation, BYD brings innovation and cutting-edge technologies to forward-thinking communities and private enterprises. The only pure electric vehicle manufacturer in the U.S. to have an all-union workforce and a pioneering Community Benefits Agreement, BYD’s Lancaster, Calif., team includes a growing number of women, veterans and second-chance employees.

ABOUT ANAHEIM TRANSPORTATION NETWORK

The Anaheim Transportation Network’s (ATN) mission is to enhance transportation options by delivering reliable and efficient transportation solutions. ATN provides a menu of transportation services for the general public in the Orange County region. These programs include Anaheim Resort Transportation (ART), a network of 22 bus lines that serve popular destinations within the Anaheim Resort Area.  ATN’s goal is to provide transportation programs and services to foster a positive environment for everyone who lives, works, or visits the greater Anaheim area.

ATN MEDIA CONTACT:

Diana Kotler, Executive Director

(714) 563-5287 / dkotler@atnetwork.org

ABOUT BYD

The Official Sponsor of Mother Nature™, BYD is the world’s largest manufacturer of electric vehicles and batteries, and the global leader in battery-electric buses with more than 45,000 buses in service across 300 cities, 50 countries and regions, and six continents. As one of North America’s top producers of battery-electric buses, the firm has delivered more than 300 buses in North America; and sold and/or leased in excess of 600 buses in total to more than 50 municipal, transit agency, university, airport, federal and other commercial and private sector clients in 13 states, and across four provinces in Canada. BYD is also an industry leader in several other high-tech sectors, including high-efficiency automobiles, medium- and heavy-duty electric trucks, electric forklifts, SkyRail (monorail), energy storage and solar power generation.