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Santa Monica Big Blue Bus Charging Infrastructure

A quieter, more relaxing ride for customers

  • 100%

    Zero Emission Busses By 2030

  • Santa Monica, California

    Santa Monica, California

By 2030, Big Blue Bus’s fleet will be powered by 100% renewable energy, for better air quality in the Los Angeles region.

The City of Santa Monica is switching its fleet of 195 buses to be 100% zero-emission by 2030—10 years ahead of California’s statewide mandate deadline. We are assisting Big Blue Bus, the operator, to devise an electric vehicle charging strategy to achieve this.

We started with an in-depth review of route modeling to determine if battery electric buses or hydrogen fuel cell electric buses are the best fit for the community. We conducted a block-by-block analysis to understand power requirements throughout the 58-square-mile service area.

The Big Blue Bus fleet composition will evolve over time with both natural gas-powered buses and electric buses in service simultaneously. This phased approach provides flexibility for the transit agency as it reduces its environmental footprint. The infrastructure plan will accommodate the shifting fleet composition and the ultimate decommissioning and removal of the existing fueling system.

For over 25 years, we have partnered with Big Blue Bus on facility improvements to their Santa Monica campus. This charging infrastructure project is the latest in a long string of largescale collaborative projects aimed at sustainably improving public transit options for Los Angeles County residents.

At a Glance

Meet Our Team

Analy Castillo, Associate, Zero Emissions Technical Lead

I help transit agencies develop pragmatic plans for launching zero-emission bus fleets in the face of overwhelming challenges.
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Will Todd, Senior Associate

Through the projects I work on and the relationships I form, it’s my goal to leave the world a better place than I found it.

Mike Voll, Principal, Sector Lead Smart Technologies

You don’t have to dig deep in the earth to find the energy we need to survive. Blowing wind, flowing rivers and warming sun are easily accessible for those with the passion to harness them.
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Tony Zavanelli, Principal, Energy

The best feedback is being awarded with additional work. ‘Good job’ is nice to hear, but being entrusted with another project the best way to know that you are valued.

Analy Castillo

Associate, Zero Emissions Technical Lead

Will Todd

Senior Associate

Mike Voll

Principal, Sector Lead Smart Technologies

Tony Zavanelli

Principal, Energy

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