LONG BEACH ELECTRIC BUS FLEET GROWS WITH 14 BYD BUSES
Long Beach Transit (California) has booked an order at BYD for 14 K9M 40-foot, battery-electric transit buses. Long Beach Transit already employs 10 electric BYD buses, purchased in 2015. The 14 K9M buses will be built at BYD’s Coach & Bus factory in Lancaster, California.
The battery-electric K9M has 37 seats, a range of 155 miles, and can be charged in 4.5 to 5 hours. By building the buses in the U.S., BYD complies to and even exceeds the Federal Transit Administration “Buy America” requirements, incorporating more than 70% U.S. content. Also BYD offers its workers a Community Benefits Agreement, which sets goals for hiring veterans, single parents, second chance citizens, and others facing hurdles in obtaining manufacturing employment.
Earlier this year, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation ordered 130 BYD K7Ms. Another repeat customer is Anaheim Resort Transportation, which added to its 2015 purchase by ordering 40 more buses from BYD.
With this purchase, BYD has now sold more than 470 electric buses to customers in Southern California including airports, universities, private operators, and transit agencies.