19 Nov 2019


BYD announced at the California Transit Association’s Annual Fall Conference in Monterey that the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) ordered 130 of its battery-electric K7M buses, the largest single order of battery-electric buses to date in the United States.

LADOT purchase is a signal to the market that zero-emission buses are here to stay and that their use will continue to spread. The project fits perfectly with the City of Los Angeles’ “Green New Deal,” a set of sustainability goals that includes converting the entire LADOT fleet to zero-emission buses by 2030. The City of Los Angeles has set a bold goal of converting every city vehicle to zero-emission technology by 2050. It is estimated the 130 buses will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 8,225 metric tons per year and by 98,700 metric tons over the buses’ 12-year life, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 81% compared to LADOT’s CNG buses.

The buses will be built at BYD’s Coach & Bus factory in Lancaster, California. BYD’s zero-emission buses incorporate more than 70% U.S. content with which they exceed the Federal Transit Administration “Buy America” requirements. The 30-foot K7M has 22 seats, a range of up to 150 miles (240 km), and can be charged in 2.5 to 3 hours.

LADOT has been working with BYD since 2014 when it conducted a 90-day trial of a battery-electric bus. In January 2017, city officials introduced the first of four K9S battery-electric buses acquired by the LADOT with a grant from the California Energy Commission.

With this purchase, BYD has now sold more than 460 electric buses to customers in Southern California including airports, universities, private operators and transit agencies.

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