BYD Delivers 300 Electric Buses To Shanwei City, China

2 years ago by Mark Kane 7

The K7 buses ready for operation at the charging lineup

The K7 buses ready for operation at the charging lineup

City and Province government officials and BYD executives at the unveiling ceremony.

City and Province government officials and BYD executives at the unveiling ceremony

BYD feeds us with photos of endless electric bus queues in China these days.

In Shanwei City, Guangdong Province BYD is in the  process of delivering 300 8-meter (26-feet) electric buses called K7.

It seems that BYD was so generous to Shanwei City that it included a telephone booth for every driver provided one DC fast charging station for every bus.

The 23-seat K7 is able to drive up to 240 km (150 miles) on a single charge.

“The Chinese city of Shanwei, in Guangdong Province is gradually adding 300 units of the BYD K7 – the 8m pure electric bus to its public transportation fleet. The Shanwei City Administration held a ceremony to celebrate the initiative and welcome the green buses. Shanwei has been a keen promoter of green public transportation, and by introducing the BYD K7, the city takes a big step towards sustainable public transportation.

In response to the urge from China Central Government and Guangdong Province Government to boost development of energy vehicles, Shanwei has taken a series of sustainable transportation actions, chiefly with public transit integration (with a 0 to 50km range) and transit network setup. Last September, the City Government along with Guangdong Yueyun Transportation Company and BYD Company Ltd. signed a strategic cooperation framework agreement for new energy vehicle application and promotion project. The three parties will cooperate to introduce BYD’s cutting-edge pure electric buses and seize the company’s mature operation experience to make Shanwei greener and cleaner. The Shanwei Government is currently building an EV manufacturing base and developing the accessory industry chain. BYD’s new energy vehicle fleet will be essential for the Administration to achieve its sustainable economic growth targets.”

The most important part of the news is that Shanwei is gearing-up to purchase a total of 3,010 electric buses  (including 1,200 6-8-meter like BYD K7).

“According to the City Government, 1,810 pure electric buses will be put into service by the end of 2017. Additionally, 1,200 units of 6-to-8-meter new energy buses will be used as short-distance transit buses in urban areas and shuttle buses in suburban areas between 2017 and 2019. The BYD K7 is ideal for the 1,200 order of new energy vehicles. By 2019, the city of Shanwei will have a total of 3,010 pure electric buses in operation. It is the first city in China to make large-scale use of the K7. The city of Wuhan will also introduce 74 units of the K7 in the same week. According to the Administration, in 2016 Shanwei will meet Guangdong Province’s demands that there must be at least 8 public transit buses for every 10 thousand people.”

About BYD K7:

“The BYD K7 is a 8-meter, 23-seat pure electric bus running on BYD’s proprietary Iron-Phosphate batteries, which grant it a driving range of up to 240km on a single charge. The battery packs are placed on the roof and floor, making it quite spacious inside. It also features in-wheel motors, which saves a lot in terms of maintenance costs, as well as one-button-start system and continuously variable transmission. The model is ideal for urban transit or as an airport shuttle. BYD’s electrified public transportation solutions are already in operation in over 160 cities in more than 40 countries.”

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7 responses to "BYD Delivers 300 Electric Buses To Shanwei City, China"

  1. Stephen Hodges says:

    An in wheel motor with continuously variable transmission…. hmmm

  2. mhpr262 says:

    Batteries on the ROOF???

    1. JimGord says:

      The batteries are in floor to ceiling compartments on both sides behind the driver seat

  3. Alex says:

    Wow, 3,010 electrics bus for one city ! China reality is out the scale.

  4. Djoni says:

    And what is that Iron Phosphate battery specification.

  5. SJC says:

    Go BYD! Buffet made a good investment.

  6. Rick Bronson says:

    Excellent.
    So IN-WHEEL MOTOR is a REALITY. I thought its still a concept.

    Batteries on both ROOF & FLOOR will give stability for the bus and will not take extra passenger space.

    These are actually mini buses and can be used for small towns or suburban runs where 40 – 50 passenger may not board in the route.

    And the batteries will be used to the fullest range since the buses easily to 250 km / day. They can also be used in inter city routes with a distance of 250 km. Every time they reach the destination, the bus can be fully charged for the return trip.

    I hope more and more Chinese cities buy these buses and reduce the pollution.