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BYD to Break New Electric Bus Ground

October 12, 2014 by Kirk Fetzer in APTA Expo 2014 with 0 Comments

AVTA’s all-battery BYD bus logged 746 miles in one 24-hour period.China’s BYD – it stands for Build Your Dreams – is unveiling the world’s first 100% pure battery electric articulated transit bus here this week, promising to bring all-electric propulsion to a new market sector – the 60-footer.

Representatives of major transit agencies have already gotten a look at the vehicle, at BYD’s factory in Lancaster, Calif., where Rexhall RVs were formerly built, says VP Micheal Austin.

BYD (Booth 5437) is meanwhile trumpeting “a 24-hour marathon ride” by a battery BYD bus operated by Southern California’s Antelope Valley Transit Authority. AVTA’s BYD bus looped from Rosamond to Palmdale a total of 18 times, the manufacturer says, logging “an astounding 746 miles in three shifts,” recording between 240 and 256 miles before stopping to recharge.

“This is tremendous news and it proves the BYD electric bus can be a transit workhorse like its diesel counterpart,” said agency chairman Norm Hickling. “We are looking forward to putting our electric buses into service on local transit routes.”

The desert “marathon” was the second test of the BYD bus. In late July, the vehicle was driven to Los Angeles to pick up the consul general of the Chinese Consulate who was scheduled to tour the BYD manufacturing facility in Lancaster.

After circulating downtown, the electric bus “easily” climbed a freeway grade with an elevation change of nearly 4,000 feet, BYD says. The 92-mile trip ended in Lancaster with 64% of the battery charge remaining.

AVTA’s all-battery BYD bus logged 746 miles in one 24-hour period.

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