Record-breaking BYD electric bus goes over 200 miles on a single charge in Copenhagen

BYD electric bus in Copenhagen
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Former transportation secretary Ray LaHood will be happy about this one, since he recently joined an electric bus company and claimed that "EV is the future of transit": An electric bus made by BYD, a Chinese company that specializes in battery manufacturing, operating in Copenhagen, Denmark, drove for 202 miles (325 km) on a single charge, and even after that long drive it still had 8% left on the battery. This is significantly higher than the official range of 250 km (155 miles) and a record for a purely electric bus.

BYD writes:

This result exceeds the previous best performance of a BYD ebus during the company's Europe-wide trial programmes. Last year an ebus achieved 310 km using only 69% of total charge between the Polish cities of Warsaw and Krackow.

A second trial of an ebus in Copenhagen with the city's other operator Arriva produced a no less impressive result. The bus completed an arduous full day of city operation – 150km (or 93 miles) from 06:00 to 16:50, operating fully loaded and with the electric heating system in constant use. The bus was then taken on a 90km (or 56 miles) motorway run and again ended up with a 8% charge remaining, covering a total distance of 240 km (149miles) on a single charge.

Transit operators everywhere should pay attention to these real-world examples of electric buses performing well. Replacing diesel models with EVs is a great way to reducing operating costs since electricity is a lot cheaper than diesel fuel, and to clean up the air in cities, as well as reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

And the beauty is, electric vehicles in general - including buses - are improving fast and getting more affordable, so while they might be getting good enough now, in a few years they will totally outclass old gas-guzzling models, especially if combined with fast-charging stations like these. And as we clean up the power grid (we have no other choice), these EVs will get even cleaner...

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Above you can see the inside of a BYD electric bus. Nothing too different from a regular bus, which isn't a bad thing...

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Here's a BYD electric bus in operation in Germany.

Via BYD, Autoblog Green

See also: Former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood joins electric bus company: "EV is the future of transit"

Tags: Copenhagen | Denmark | Electric Vehicles | Public Transportation | Transportation

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