Following ATVC recommendations, in 2002 LA Metro took steps to develop a bus fleet that used advanced, lightweight, all-composite vehicle structures. Since that time, LA Metro has become the world’s leading operator of advanced all-composite transit buses, and over 300 composite transit buses are currently in operation at LA Metro.
Metro has plans to procure several hundred more composite buses in the coming year. These composite buses have already proven to be highly durable and more cost effective than conventional transit buses.
Advanced Hybrid Bus
In 2009, ATVC purchased and delivered six advanced hybrid buses, and these buses were put into revenue service. All six buses are currently operating daily as part of Metro’s bus fleet.
ZEB - Battery Bus
ATVC has partnered with ISE Research in San Diego to convert one Metro bus into all-electric operation. A Metro bus was delivered to ISE in 2008 for this modification work, and the modified vehicle is scheduled to be delivered back to Metro in late 2010.
Advanced Vehicle Electrification
As a follow-up to the Hybrid Bus demonstration, ATVC has continued to experiment with vehicle electrification, and continues to experiment with electrification of several key vehicle components, including all-electric vehicle cooling systems and air conditioners. The goal of this program is to further improve the efficiency and reliability of these systems.
HCNG Demonstration Project
In 2007, ATVC and AQMD partnered with City Engines of Reno, NV, to explore the development of a new engine that can run on a blended gaseous fuel made up of 30% hydrogen and 70% methane. This technology was demonstrated in a test cell successfully, but the project partners lacked the resources to implement this technology in actual vehicle operation. Project activities were suspended in 2008.