120-Passenger Electric Bus in Long Beach, Calif. on December 3
BYD will show off its new 100% battery-powered 60-foot transit bus – billed as the world’s largest electric vehicle – at a media event in Long Beach, Calif. on December 3.
The 60-foot articulated electric bus can carry 120 passengers. It’s to be driven from BYD’s factory in Lancaster, Calif., “where it was designed and built,” the manufacturer said. The all-electric bus can travel more than 170 miles on a single charge, which can be accomplished in two to three hours. The bus was unveiled at last month’s APTA Expo in Houston (F&F, October 15).
After a tour around Long Beach, BYD will host a reception showcasing its line of fully electric cars and buses.
25 of BYD’s 40-Footers for LA Metro
The company says it’s set to deliver the first five of 25 of its 40-foot, 100% battery electric transit buses to LA Metro in early January 2015. The first of the five is to begin its extensive evaluation by the agency next week.
BYD notes too that it’s deploying 13 of its 40-foot electric buses for Stanford University’s campus shuttle routes. The university says that ten “Marguerite” buses, battery powered, will be added to an existing three next year.
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