- Associated Press - Thursday, February 11, 2016

LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California desert transit agency will pay $72 million to replace its entire fleet of buses with electric vehicles.

The Antelope Valley Transit Authority on Thursday approved a contract to buy up to 85 buses from BYD Motors.

Each bus will be able to go more than 160 miles on a battery charge.

The transit authority wants to go all-electric by the end of 2018.

According to the American Public Transportation Association, no transit agency in the nation currently has an all-electric fleet.

The Antelope Valley authority serves cities including Palmdale and Lancaster northeast of Los Angeles. Spokeswoman Wendy Williams says its buses carry about 3.6 million passengers a year.

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