Los Angeles World Airports announced Friday that its governing board has approved the purchase of 20 electric buses to be used for airfield guest transportation.

The buses, which were approved by the Board of Airport Commissioners on Thursday, will replace older, diesel-operated buses. LAWA said they would produce no polluting emissions, reduce maintenance costs and provide a quieter ride for guests.

“With the introduction of these new electric buses, LAX will have the largest fleet of electric airfield buses at an airport in the world, transporting us to a cleaner and quieter busing future,” said Michael Christensen, deputy executive director for Facilities Maintenance and Utilities Group of Los Angeles World Airports. “These buses are smart for the environment and for our bottom line, and we’re excited to start rolling them out in the coming year.”

LAWA’s current airfield bus fleet consists of 26 buses: 14 diesel-fueled buses that are more than 20 years old, and 12 compressed natural gas-fueled buses that are more than 10 years old. The BOAC action allows LAWA to replace all 14 diesel buses and add six electric buses to its airfield bus fleet for a total of 32 buses.

The additional capacity will also prepare LAX for a projected 10 percent increase in requests for airfield buses for this calendar year, LAWA said.

“These electric buses represent an important step up in terms of sustainability and carbon footprint reduction,” said Samantha Bricker, deputy executive director of the Environmental Programs Group, LAWA. “By replacing 14 diesel-powered engines and expanding our battery-electric bus capacity, we’re looking at making a substantial reduction in tailpipe emissions, which means cleaner air for our guests and surrounding neighbors.”

The total price for the new buses is not to exceed $23,705,200, LAWA said.

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