BYD gets record USA electric bus order
Build Your Dreams (BYD) has got a single largest order of 130 electric buses in the USA history from Los Angeles Department of Transportation. BYD revealed this at California Transit Association’s annual fall conference in Monterey. The company is going to build its K7M electric buses at BYD’s coach and bus factory in Lancaster, California.
Los Angeles Department of Transportation aims to get carbon neutral by adding all electric vehicles in its fleet. The all electric buses will help to reduce carbon footprint by 8,225 metric tons per year and 98,700 metric tons over the buses’ 12 years life which will decrease carbon emission by 81% in comparison to other diesel or CNG buses, said BYD.
A K7M bus uses Iron-Phosphate battery and gets a range of up to 150 miles on a single charge with the top speed of 56 mph. The bus is 30 feet long and gets up to 22 seats. K7M buses comes with regenerative braking system which charges the battery. The bus takes 3 hours to get a full charge. The batteries come with 12 years warranty.
This is not the first time LADOT is partnered with BYD. A 90-day trial was taken of a all-electric bus in the streets of Downtown Los Angeles in February, 2014. It was a collaboration between BYD and LADOT.