Los Angeles Places Order for 60 All-Electric BYD Buses
The Los Angeles Metro and BYD just confirmed that the transportation system, one of the biggest in the US, just confirmed having placed one of the largest electric bus orders of 60 brand new BYD all-electric buses.
The Los Angeles Metro and BYD just confirmed that the transportation system, one of the biggest in the US, just confirmed having placed one of the largest electric bus order ever — 60 brand new 40-foot BYD all-electric buses.
They are encouraging local manufacturing by ordering from BYD, since the Chinese company has an electric bus and truck division based in Los Angeles.
The new large order alone is expected to create 59 new manufacturing jobs at the BYD factory in Lancaster, California according to the company.
In a company press release, they explained where the buses are expected to operate:
"LA Metro is expected to use the buses to electrify the Silver Line bus service, which runs throughout the county, from El Monte into Downtown Los Angeles and then south to San Pedro. This route covers a number of communities that have seen significant advocacy around environmental justice, with a severe need for this kind of investment in improved air quality."
BYD's 40-ft buses are equipped with massive 324 kWh battery packs with lithium iron phosphate battery cells, which can be charged in just 4 hour using BYD's own 80 kW charging stations. It enables a range of roughly 160 miles, which easily covers most routes.
The bus can accommodate up to 40 passengers and has a top speed of 62 mph.
The energy capacity adds up quickly – with 60 buses, BYD will be deploying close to 20 MWh of batteries though that order alone.
The Los Angeles busses are not even BYD's largest electric bus. The company recently delivered its first 60-ft all-electric bus in the US, which has a 275 miles range on a massive 547 kWh battery pack.
The Warren Buffett backed BYD has already given better-known rival Tesla a run for its money: Tesla sold around 76,000 electric vehicles in 2016, while BYD sold more than 100,000 units in sales.
Electric buses are quickly becoming a more important part of transit fleets in the U.S. and around the world with BYD and Silicon Valley based Proterra among the leading suppliers.
Proterra just received another $55 million in funding. Also this week, London's Metroline announced the purchase of 23 BYD electric buses for its fleet. Stella Li, president of BYD Motors said the company has received additional orders from Facebook, Stanford University, and the University of California, San Francisco.