It's a Bus! The World's Largest Electric Vehicle is Born.
BYD Motors, has unveiled at a trade show in Houston, the "Lancaster" eBus, a break-through, 60-foot, articulated battery-electric bus that can drive 170 plus miles with a passenger load of up to 120 passengers.
Lancaster is BYD's home in California.
Almost two years in development, the Lancaster eBus sports a BYD Iron-Phosphate battery that is fire-safe, completely recyclable, and is the foundation of BYD's all electric buses. The Lancaster bus will run entirely off battery power lasting up to 24 hours on a single charge, with single off-peak charging time of 2-4 hours.
Also on display at the BYD Exhibit at the 2014 American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Expo in Houston was a 40-foot, Battery-electric Transit bus from Antelope Valley Transit Authority in California. AVTA Board Chairman Norm Hickling boasted that the 40-foot bus on the Expo show floor was the only bus, “that drove over 1500 zero-emission miles from Los Angeles all the way to Houston for the Expo under its own power.” 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. He further stated, “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.”
A single BYD Electric Buses has the ability to save 2.77 trees per day, literally a forest each month on U.S. roads in Carbon Dioxide offsets.
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