10/15/2014

BYD Unveils 60-Foot Electric Bus

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BYD Motors Inc. has introduced an all-electric articulated bus it says can carry as many as 120 passengers more than 170 miles.

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BYD Motors Inc. has introduced an all-electric articulated bus it says can carry as many as 120 passengers more than 170 miles.

BYD 60-foot. electric bus

The Los Angeles-based unit of China's BYD Co. Ltd. touts the 60-foot-long Lancaster eBus as the world's largest all-electric passenger vehicle.

The bus features BYD's iron-phosphate "Fe" battery technology. The company says the system is easy to recycle, retains 70% of capacity after 10,000 cycles, won't explode and cannot develop a destructive thermal runaway as lithium-ion batteries can.

The Lancaster eBus is designed to operate as long as 24 hours, then recharge in as little as two hours, according to the company. BYD unveiled the vehicle this week during the American Public Transportation Assn. Expo in Houston.