Shows Four Battery Buses, Including a 45-Foot Commuter Coach
BYD went all out at the American Public Transportation Association meeting in Atlanta this month, hosting its largest-ever transit electric vehicle display there and unveiling the world’s first all-electric 45-foot commuter coach.
BYD unveiled the world’s first 60-foot battery-electric bus at APTA’s triennial gala in Houston three years ago (F&F, October 15, 2014). Now the company has orders for at least 95 of them (F&F, September 25).
BYD showed four of it seven battery-electric coach and bus models at APTA in Atlanta. The company “offers a battery-electric bus or coach to meet any operational or service route need a transit agency has in North America,” heavy industries senior VP Macy Neshati said in a release.
‘Peace of Mind’
“Our buses reduce operating costs for customers due to BYD’s advanced battery-electric technology and that translates into large savings over the 12-year life of a bus,” he said.
“We also offer the industry’s only 12-year battery warranty so customers can have complete peace of mind when purchasing a BYD bus.”
BYD says it’s deployed more than 137 battery-electric buses to U.S. customers including LA Metro, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, Stanford University, UCLA, UC San Francisco, UC Irvine, Anaheim Resort Transportation, Long Beach Transit, the Denver Regional Transportation District, the City of Albuquerque, SolTrans, SunLine Transit, Link Transit, COMO Connect, and the Antelope Valley Transit Authority.
First-Ever Battery-Electric Airport Buses
The recently completed an expansion of its Coach and Bus manufacturing facility in Lancaster, Calif. (Los Angeles County). When operating at full capacity, the $22 million expansion to 450,000 square feet will allow BYD to build as many as 1,500 battery-electric buses per year.
Last week BYD reported delivery of four 30-foot battery-electric 30 coach buses to KCI, the Kansas City International Airport – “the first electric buses for airport passenger service in the U.S.” The buses will serve as parking lot shuttles.”
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