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BYD Building Battery Buses for London

July 21, 2015 in batteries, Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Five Buses from Shenzhen with First Deployment in October

China’s BYD reports an order for five 100% battery electric double decker buses for Transport for London. The first is to be deployed in October.

BYD is to supply five Shenzhen-built fully battery electric double-decker buses to Transport for London.

BYD is to supply five Shenzhen-built fully battery electric double-decker buses to Transport for London.



“Many believed that a pure electric double-decker bus would not be possible due to the size of the battery packs required to power it,” London Mayor Boris Johnson says in a BYD release.

“However by working with BYD and utilizing the latest cutting edge technology London has been able to secure another world first. The new electric double-decker trial will see the zero emission double-decker buses manufactured by BYD enter service on Route 16 from October.”

200-Kilometer Range

The 33-foot (10.2-meter) buses will a have 320-kilowatt-hour BYD iron phosphate batteries affording a single charge range of 200 kilometers, or about 124 miles. The vehicles will have two 150-kilowatt permanent magnet synchronous motors for a total of about 400 horsepower, and be able to handle 16% grades.

As of April 1, BYD says, its buses have logged more than 50 million miles in revenue service in various world fleets. They have been evaluated in more than 150 cities in 36 countries.


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Source: BYD with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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