The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners has approved the purchase of 15 alternative-fuel vehicles to add to the fleet at Los Angeles International Airport.
The vehicles, fueled by compressed natural gas (CNG), will be purchased from DCH Gardena Honda for more than $404,000 to be used by various divisions at LAX.
In 1999, LAWA adopted an alternative-fuel vehicle program that established guidelines and called for the replacement of fossil-fuel vehicles and equipment with alternative fuel, where possible and feasible.
Airport staff evaluates the replacement of vehicles, sedans and light trucks, medium and heavy-duty trucks and other specialized equipment on a case-by-case basis. The recent board action will allow for the replacement of sedans at the end of their useful life.
Replacement of those sedans will increase availability, reliability, operation safety and delivery of services, while decreasing maintenance and ownership costs, airport officials said.
There are currently more than 600 alternative-fuel vehicles, or more than 70 percent of the fleet, at LAWA’s facilities.