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.
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...
Above you can see the inside of a BYD electric bus. Nothing too different from a regular bus, which isn't a bad thing...
Here's a BYD electric bus in operation in Germany.
Via BYD, Autoblog Green