Twenty All-Battery K11 Vehicles by the End of 2017
BYD has delivered the first of 20 of its K11 model 60-foot all-battery buses for Albuquerque Rapid Transit, and pledged this week to deliver the remainder of an order of 20 by year-end.
“The selection of electric buses make the ART project an even more sustainable project for Albuquerque’s future,” Mayor Richard Berry said in a BYD release.
“Careful deliberation has gone into the selection process, and it was found that these buses are the best fit with the most dynamic benefits for the City of Albuquerque and the ART project.
‘A Lasting Positive Impact,’ Says the Mayor
“ART will not only have a lasting positive impact on improving transit options in Albuquerque,” the mayor said, “but with the selection of electric buses, it will also increase environmental efficiency and cost savings.”
“BYD is very proud to partner with the City of Albuquerque to deliver these zero-emission, advanced technology buses to Albuquerque Rapid Transit,”.
“ART has taken the lead by making the responsible choice with electric zero-emission buses and has shown other transit agencies can follow suit to meet their most important fiscal and environmental objectives,” said Macy Neshati, senior vice president of BYD Heavy Industries.
Costs Cut by Half
“With this partnership, BYD continues to demonstrate strong municipal collaboration by providing smart transportation solutions for our communities.”
ART will enjoy a 50% monthly savings on fuel and maintenance costs, BYD says, “contributing to greater stability for budget forecasting – an important factor for a public agency.”
Los Angeles, Israel and Singapore Too
Taxpayers will enjoy $9.8 million in operational savings over the operational lifetime of the vehicles, the manufacturer adds. The carbon offset is the equivalent of removing 4,601 passenger vehicles from the road for a year.
BYD recently chalked up the first major order of all-battery buses by LA Metro – sixty 40-foot K9 vehicles for the agency’s Silver Line (F&F, July 31), and reported delivery this week of its first all-battery bus to Singapore – a 40-foot C9 to transport schoolchildren – and a first-ever order of 17 buses for Israel.
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Source: BYD with Fleets & Fuels follow-up