LOS ANGELES, CA – The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners Dec. 4 approved the purchase of 30 alternative-fuel buses and trucks for use at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) as part of its ongoing commitment to replace existing gasoline-powered vehicles in the airport’s fleet with alternative-fuel vehicles when they reach the end of their useful service life, according to Market Wire.

The Board approved the purchase of 21 compressed natural-gas transit buses; three liquefied-petroleum-gas (LPG), light- and medium-duty refuse trucks; and six LPG stakebed trucks. The 21 buses will be purchased for $7,885,648 from North American Bus Industries, Inc. Reynolds Buick Pontiac GMC Trucks, Inc., will provide the refuse trucks at $265,337.51 and the stakebed trucks at $383,228.78. Officials at Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), the City department that owns and operates LAX and three other Southern California airports, believe that alternative-fuel vehicles are important elements in meeting California’s future energy needs, and plans are underway to convert all of LAWA’s fleet to alternative-fuel use. LAWA currently has more than 500 alternative-fuel vehicles in its fleet powered by liquefied natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas, compressed natural gas, electric, solar power, and hydrogen fuel cell, according to Market Wire.