First-Ever Anywhere to Be Unveiled at APTA in Houston This Month
China’s BYD has pledged to unveil the world’s first 100% pure battery electric articulated transit bus at APTA Expo in Houston this month, promising to bring all-electric propulsion to a new market sector – the 60-footer.
Representatives of major transit agencies have already gotten a look at the vehicle, at BYD’s factory in Lancaster, Calif., where Rexhall RVs were formerly built, says VP Micheal Austin.
BYD is meanwhile trumpeting “a 24-hour marathon ride” by a battery BYD bus operated by Southern California’s Antelope Valley Transit Authority. AVTA’s 40-foot BYD bus looped from Rosamond to Palmdale a total of 18 times, the manufacturer says, logging “an astounding 746 miles in three shifts,” recording between 240 and 256 miles before stopping to recharge.
‘A Transit Workhorse’
“This is tremendous news and it proves the BYD electric bus can be a transit workhorse like its diesel counterpart,” agency chairman Norm Hickling says in a BYD release. “We are looking forward to putting our electric buses into service on local transit routes.”
The desert “marathon” was the second test of the BYD bus. In late July, the vehicle was driven to Los Angeles to pick up the consul general of the Chinese Consulate who was scheduled to tour the BYD manufacturing facility in Lancaster.
After circulating downtown, the electric bus “easily” climbed a freeway grade with an elevation change of nearly 4,000 feet, BYD says. The 92-mile trip ended in Lancaster with 64% of the battery charge remaining.
APTA Expo, taking place October 13-15 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, is the triennial trade show hosted by the American Public Transportation Association. Can’t make it? The next triennial APTA Expo and Annual Meeting has been scheduled for October 8-11, 2017, in Atlanta.
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Source: BYD North America with Fleets & Fuels follow-up