18 Oct 2014


BYD Motors kicked off the 2014 American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Expo in Houston with a new product – the first electric articulated bus. Fittingly named “The Lancaster” for this occasion, after the city in California where it was designed and manufactured. BYD Motors was launched there as an American manufacturing company, where they have now hired over 60 Americans to build clean-tech Electric Buses and Energy Modules.

The BYD Lancaster eBus 60 foot articulated battery-electric bus, can drive some 280 kilometres with a passenger load of up to 120 passengers. The bus was in development for almost two years. BYD's mission is to create safer and more environmentally-friendly battery technologies. This has resulted in the BYD Iron-Phosphate Battery, a fire-safe, completely recyclable, and incredibly long-cycle technology -- the foundation of BYD's Electric buses. These buses run entirely off battery power lasting up to 24 hours on a single charge, with single off-peak charging time of 2-4 hours. No additional generation capacity is needed to be built to charge our buses at night since the grid is only 40% utilized, according to BYD representatives.

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