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BYD Transit Buses for Cal and Maryland

April 20, 2017 in EVs, Fleet Order, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Three 35-Foot K9 Vehicles for Howard, Two 40-Footers for SolTrans

BYD has placed three of its 35-foot K9S 100% battery-electric zero-emission buses with Howard County Transit in Maryland, and two 40-foot K9 vehicles with SolTrans of Solano County, Calif.

Former SolTrans director Mona Babauta is third from right in this BYD photo, which also includes Miro del Salazar (third from left), and SolTrans staff members.

Howard County Transit is a division of RTA, the Regional Transit Authority of Central Maryland, BYD notes. Its new vehicles “are the first zero-emission electric transit buses in Maryland,” BYD says.

BYD’s 40-footers as chosen by SolTrans as the agency’s first battery electrics, are “the longest range 40-foot electric transit bus available in North America,” the manufacturer says.

‘Cutting-Edge Inductive Charging’

In Maryland, “A cutting-edge inductive charging station will be installed on the Green Line in downtown Columbia,” BYD says. “As the bus drives over this and pauses, this system will give the batteries a quick boost of energy through electromagnetic induction, all without making any direct contact with the bus.

“The buses can also be plugged in to charge fully before and after service. Combining inductive and plug-in charging, the buses have the range to complete any route in the Howard County system.”

‘An Important Step’

Inductive chargers for AVTA, the Antelope Valley Transit Authority in California, were supplied by Utah’s Wave/Wireless Advanced Vehicle Electrification (F&F, June 6, 2016).

In Northern California, “SolTrans is taking an important step today, moving towards sustainability and cleaner air while saving money on fuel, infrastructure, and maintenance,” said BYD senior VP for sales and marketing Macy Neshati said in a release.

Single-Charge Range of 161 Miles

“As a California company,” he said, “we’re thrilled to be working with SolTrans, and looking forward to seeing these buses on the road.” BYD assembles its buses at a former RV plant in Lancaster, Calif., northwest of Los Angeles (F&F, April 19, 2013).

BYD’s 40-foot K9 bus has a range of 161 miles on a single charge, the manufacturer says. “It is rated for up to an 18% gradient, making it an ideal choice for any route in the hilly San Francisco Bay Area.” SolTrans serves the Bay Area cities of Benicia and Vallejo.

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BYD (bus and coach sales), VP Mr. Macy Neshati, mobile 213-399-2380 or toll-free 800-293-2886 (800-BYD-AUTO); [email protected];

Wave, CEO Mike Masquelier, 801-935-8650; mobile 773-962-1135; [email protected];

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Source: BYD with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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