NEWPORT BEACH, CA / ACCESSWIRE / September 26, 2017 / ADOMANI, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADOM), a provider of advanced zero-emission and hybrid vehicle drivetrain solutions and purpose-built electric vehicles, has announced its wholly-owned, new vehicle distribution focused subsidiary, School Bus Sales of California, Inc., has received a purchase order from LAUSD for its first zero-emission electric 72 seat school bus.
According to LAUSD Transportation information, approximately 41,000 students safely ride LAUSD school buses to and from school each day on their 1300 school bus fleet. The District operates the largest alternative fuel bus fleet in California of 529 compressed natural gas, 100 ultra-low emission and 141 propane buses comprising of nearly 60% of the bus fleet. Through several grant awards from the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD), LAUSD has been able to leverage bond and grant dollars to replace more than 50% of its diesel engine school buses with cleaner emission vehicles such as propane and compressed natural gas (CNG) and now, zero-emission electric.
“It is critical that as we replace our aging bus fleet with new safe, energy-efficient, and zero emission school buses, that we also continue to build infrastructures to support our greening efforts,” said Office of Educational Services Chief Executive Officer Thelma Melendez according to a June 14th 2017 article by CBS Los Angeles (CBSLA.com). From the same article, “Protecting the health and safety of our students is one of my highest priorities and greening the district’s bus fleet reduces students’ exposure to harmful diesel exhaust emissions,” said Superintendent Michelle King.
“This first zero-emission electric school bus order from LAUSD is nothing less than historic and shows their continued air-quality commitment that clearly benefits students, drivers and the surrounding community,” said ADOMANI CEO, Jim Reynolds. “While their current school bus fleet is composed of transition fuels, this move towards zero-emission transportation technology, demonstrates real leadership.”
About the Los Angeles Unified School District
Second largest in the nation, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) enrolls more than 640,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade, at over 900 schools, and 187 public charter schools. The boundaries spread over 720 square miles and include the mega-city of Los Angeles as well as all or parts of 31 smaller municipalities plus several unincorporated sections of Southern California.
All youth achieving, the mission of LAUSD, is reflected in continued double-digit growth on the state Academic Performance Index (API); the upward trend in the graduation rate, progress in the pass rate on the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) and other academic indicators.
LA schools boast more winners of the United States Academic Decathlon championships-12-than any other District in this country. Add to those impressive victories, outstanding individual student and team achievements in: science, mathematics, social studies, language arts, foreign and dual languages, business and entrepreneurial skills, the visual and performing arts, and athletics.
Founded in 1853, the District, today, counts more than 115 new schools and campuses, thanks to the nation’s largest public works project, funded by bond measures, a testament to broad voter support.