First All-Electric Double-Decker for London, a Coach for Paris
BYD Europe has reported two all-battery bus firsts. The company has delivered “a completely emissions free pure electric double decker especially designed and developed for Transport for London.”
Separately, the manufacturer said that transport operators and authorities in Paris this month “became the first people in Europe to see the world’s first pure electric coach” – designed for shuttle services, city sightseeing, hotel and airport feeder services, with a single-charge range of 200 kilometers, or about 125 miles.
The double-decker for TfL/Transport for London is the first of a fleet of five ordered last year (F&F, July 21, 2015). The all-electric vehicle is 10.2 meters (33.5 feet) long, features full air conditioning, and offers seating for a total 54 passengers with a further 27 spaces for standees.
190 Miles on Urban Routes
A 345-kilowatt-hour iron phosphate pack by BYD affords a single-charge range of up to 190 miles of typical urban driving.
“Recharging takes just four hours and can be completed overnight using low cost off peak electricity,” BYD says, “more than enough to handle most daily duty cycles.”
France First for BYD’s New Battery Coach
The BYD coach unveiled this month in Paris “is currently under homologation testing prior to its introduction in Europe,” BYD said.
“We’ll shortly be announcing our introduction plans for our coach in Europe, with France as our first market,” BYD Europe managing director Isbrand Ho said in a release.
BYD’s largest North America order, 85 all-battery buses for Antelope Valley Transportation Authority north of Los Angeles, includes 35 coaches 45 feet in length, with 16 to be delivered this year. They have 390-kilowatt-hour packs (F&F, March 11).
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Source: BYD Europe with Fleets & Fuels follow-up