NVTA Hosts Groundbreaking Ceremony to Launch Zero-Emissions BYD Bus Fleet
Attendees included St. Helena Mayor Geoff Emmerson, NVTA Executive Director Kate Miller, Rebecca Shenk, NVTA Transit Director, and BYD officials. The bus, put into service on Thursday, sports a large butterfly design.
NVTA, which serves as the countywide transportation planning agency, is converting its fleet of older buses to an all-electric fleet in a bid to provide the community with sustainable and clean transit options.
In nearby Yountville on Tuesday, the agency unveiled a bus with a bee design.
Mayor Emmerson pointed out that pollinators like butterflies and bees are critically important to the economy of the region, which is the heart of California’s wine country. Other designs include a hummingbird and a hawk.
“NVTA is proud to have partnered with BYD on its first-ever electric vehicles,” Shenk said. “These five new electric vehicles are a good start for NVTA’s transition to a 100% zero-emissions fleet ahead of the deadline set by the California Air Resource Board. Measuring 30 feet long, these vehicles are highly agile and perfect for operating on-demand bus services.
Patrick Duan, BYD’s senior vice president of operations, praised the agency.
“NVTA will have safe and reliable public transportation with its entire new fleet of zero-emission BYD buses,” Duan said. “We are equally thrilled to see the community adopting a truly innovative and clean solution for its residents and visitors.”
The bus fleet was built by members of the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers Union (SMART), Local 105, at BYD’s manufacturing plant in Lancaster, California.
BYD, which stands for Build Your Dreams, is the world’s leading manufacturer of battery-electric buses with more than 80,000 vehicles on the road worldwide and more than 1,000 vehicles in circulation or in production in the United States. BYD creates hundreds of jobs in the United States, making battery-electric buses that help clean our air while improving efficiency and our customers’ bottom line. Follow BYD on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.
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