Making the Rounds of SoCal Agencies This Week
BYD is letting operators evaluate its new 60-foot articulated electric transit bus, continuing a tour of Southern California agencies this week and heading north next week.
The 120-passenger, all-battery bus is billed as the world’s largest electric vehicle. It was unveiled at this past autumn’s APTA Expo in Houston (F&F, October 15). BYD reports a single-charge range of about 170 miles for the new articulated vehicle, which is powered by th firm’s proprietary lithium iron phosphate batteries.
The new bus, designed and built at BYD’s new facility in Lancaster, Calif. was shown to Long Beach Transit early last month and later to LA Metro and to the Antelope Valley Transit Authority. (AVTA is an early operator of BYD’s 40-foot battery electric bus, having taken delivery of the first vehicle from Lancaster this past spring. LA Metro has purchased 25 of them; F&F, November 24.)
BYD Claims More Than 5,000 Globally
The new 60-footer is to be shown to Omnitrans in San Bernardino today, to OCTA/Orange County Transportation Authority tomorrow, and to MTS, the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System on Wednesday, January 7. The San Francisco Bay Area’s Oakland-headquartered AC transit is to get a look next week, from January 14-16, says BYD North America VP Micheal Austin.
Austin supplied F&F with the following update on BYD’s battery buses:
- BYD has shipped more zero-emissions, battery-electric, transit vehicles than any other OEM to date, delivering more than 2,500 electric buses globally (including deployed rolling stock and vehicles that are awaiting deployment at customers);
- BYD has added 13 new customers under contract to deliver another 2,600 electric buses, bringing a grand total of 5,100 sold globally; and
- The BYD Electric Bus has the most revenue service miles proven in any electric vehicle fleet in the world. Through November 2014, Austin says, BYD tracked approximately 1,500 of the 2,500 vehicles delivered, and calculates that accumulated miles in revenue service exceeds 38,800,00 miles, saving their operators more than $32 million in fuel alone.
BYD’s believes that vertical integration represents “the only way to compete in this modern era of competing transportation solutions,” Austin says, citing the company’s proprietary lithium iron-phosphate batteries (safe and recyclable and long-lasting) and in-wheel hub motors.
“We also believe that our product is scalable (23-foot, 30-, 33-, 40-, 45- and 60-foot articulated buses prove this) and economical because we vertically integrate all of these technologies and can make them affordable,” he told F&F, noting that BYD employs more than 15,000 R&D engineers globally.
BYD has created 130 jobs in the United States and expects to double that in 2015, Austin says.
Macy Neshati, longtime VP with Complete Coach Works, now heads bus and coach sales for BYD North America.
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