BYD Motors has unveiled The Lancaster eBus, a break-through, 60-foot, articulated battery-electric bus that can drive 170+ miles with a passenger load of up to 120 passengers, and was in development for almost two years, and is an example of how committed BYD is to the American Rapid Transit markets. "BYD's mission is to create safer and more environmentally-friendly battery technologies. This has resulted in the BYD Iron-Phosphate Battery, a fire-safe, completely recyclable, and incredibly long-cycle technology -- the foundation of BYD's Electric buses. These buses run entirely off battery power lasting up to 24 hours on a single charge, with single off-peak charging time of 2-4 hours," said BYD Motors Fleet Sales Vice President, Brendan Riley. "No additional generation capacity is needed to be built to charge our buses at night since the grid is only 40% utilised."
BYD also recently displayed the Battery-electric Transit bus from Antelope Valley Transit Authority. AVTA tested BYD buses in the hottest part of the Lancaster summer in August with full air-conditioning running and with 5250 pounds of sand bags to simulate a full passenger load. AVTA Board Chairman Norm Hickling said, "We drove nearly 100 miles more than BYD advertises -- up to 250 miles per bus charge and we covered almost 750 miles in 24 hours! We are very impressed with BYD technology and quality." The most interesting news about this 1500 mile journey to Texas is that it was completed for "$200 in electricity--the lowest cost trip to the show of all buses."
BYD Vice President Micheal Austin said "If you look around the show floor, there are electric buses now at every relevant transit vendor! This is a complete reversal from three years ago when we were the only 40-foot, long-range, battery-electric bus on the show floor -- we are proud to say that we were one of the first and we are raising the bar again today!"
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