The Anaheim Transportation Network (ATN) has partnered with the city of Anaheim and has been awarded a $2 million grant from the Federal Transportation Administration (FTA), according to Arrival’s press release.
ATN will partner with Arrival to produce vehicles for the grant. The grant funds will be used to replace Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) buses with Arrival’s zero-emission electric buses.
Arrival produces sustainable commercial vehicles with lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), which helps the company use Microfactories for in-house technology. Its two microfactories are in Rock Hill, South Carolina and Charlotte, North Carolina.
“In addition to ATN’s own investments, we have been actively seeking grant funding opportunities to ensure we can meet our goal of becoming California’s first all-electric bus fleet by 2025. This investment brings us that much closer,” said Diana Kotler, ATN executive director. “We want to thank Congressman Lou Correa for his support of his important effort to provide sustainable and clean-air public transportation options to our community.”
As part of the FTA’s Low or No-Emission Bus Program Projects, the funds will help purchase five 100% zero emission, battery-powered, 40’ buses. ATN will also partner with local community colleges with electrical and mechanical engineering programs to provide internships for eligible students.
“We are so pleased that ATN has chosen Arrival to support its transition to an entirely electric bus fleet and have been impressed with its commitment to sustainability, including its solar powered charging depot,” said Mike Ableson, CEO Arrival Automotive. “The Arrival Bus will change the face of public transportation when it hits the roads, making bus journeys clean, efficient, equitable and enjoyable for riders, drivers and operators. Our first order from a US transit operator is just the beginning, and we look forward to bringing the U.S. produced Arrival Bus to cities and people all over the USA.”
ATN connects riders through Anaheim Regional Intermodal Center (ARTIC) to Metrolink commuter services and the Amtrak system.