BYD Rolls Out its First Fully Electric Long Range Bus
BYD recently launched its first California made fully electric long range bus that was manufactured in a factory in Lancaster in the US with the target of producing around 1,000 of the plug in electric buses a year.
Jerry Brown the governor of California was on hand at the unveiling ceremony for the 12 meter long fully electric bus at the BYD factory. The factory employs around 60 personnel living in the Antelope Valley and its part of the municipal fleet that was order by Long Beach city. This will be a start of a great beginning with just a few buses but holds the promise to become something big and important. BYD stands for Build Your Dreams is one of the biggest manufacturer of rechargeable batteries in the world and the biggest local automaker and electric bus maker in China.
For about three year running, BYD have been concentrating in penetrating the California market and has already established their North American headquarters in Los Angeles. BYDs fully electric bus can travel an average of 155 miles between charges carrying a full load of passengers with the air conditioning running.
BYD plans to sell the buses to cities, school districts and transit agencies at a price of US$ 100,000 to a US$ 200,000 a bus. BYD hopes to produce 50 buses a year within two years and to reach the capacity of 1,000 buses a year for the next 20 years.