Small to Large for Chinese EV Leader at ACT Expo 2017
BYD, the automotive arm of a large Chinese battery manufacturer that says it’s the world’s largest producer of electric vehicles, is continuing its North America push by showcasing its latest advancements in battery-electric buses, trucks and materials handling equipment here at ACT Expo.
Vehicles on show included
- an 8Y Class 8 battery electric terminal tractor, capable of providing 15 hours of continuous operation with operational cost savings calculated at more than $27,000 annually (assuming operations 16 hours a day/seven days a week);
- a 60-foot K11 articulated transit bus, “the first of its kind available in the U.S.,” providing 200 miles of range on a single charge with full charging completed within two to three hours. BYD’s 60-footer, shown at ACT Expo in the colors of AVTA, the Antelope Valley Transit Authority, complements 30-, 35- and 40-foot BYD buses, all Buy America-compliant and capable of traveling up to 275 miles on a single charge;
- an all-electric ECB 25 forklift featuring ultra-fast full-charging: just one or two hours. The BYD electric forklift can run for two typical shifts on one charge and can be opportunity charged, “whenever and wherever.” It comes with an industry-leading 10-year full replacement battery warranty; and
- the new 8R battery electric refuse truck, said to be the first fully battery electric refuse truck from an OEM. The vehicle boasts a 10-ton payload capability with 76 miles of range and minimal battery degradation. “Fleet managers can expect more than $13,000 of operational cost savings annually based on service routes of 60 miles per day/five days a week,” BYD says.
“BYD continues to lead the industry with its advanced battery technologies that make electric buses, trucks and materials handling equipment cost competitive with other alternative fuel vehicle options today,” said BYD Motors president Stella Li.
“BYD provides the safest battery available today in the electric vehicle market,” she said. “Our battery reliability also gives fleet managers the assurance they need that these vehicles will operate just as needed for any service route.”
‘Significant Operational Cost Savings’
“Additionally, our BYD vehicles provide for significant operational cost savings.”
All of the BYD battery electric vehicles shown here can charge at 40-, 80-, 100- or 200-kilowatt rates, requiring between one and five hours of charging time depending on the model and selected charger.
BYD Batteries Endure
Even after 12 years of use, BYD’s battery capacity is projected to remain above 70% of the original capacity, the company says.
BYD said too at ACT Expo that “customers are saving thousands of dollars in annual maintenance costs, due to these all-electric vehicles requiring lower maintenance on propulsion systems, fewer fluids to change, less brake wear due to cutting-edge regenerative braking technology, and fewer moving parts.”
ACT Expo 2018 – the next Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo – has been scheduled for April 30-May 3, 2018 – again at Southern California’s Long Beach Convention Center.
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Source: Fleets & Fuels at ACT Expo 2017 in Long Beach