LA Metropolitan Transportation Authority to Purchase 25 BYD Electric Buses

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 1

BYD Electric K9

BYD Electric K9

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro)has decided to purchase 25 electric BYD buses under the county’s $30-million clean air bus technology pilot project.

BYD K9 Features 155 Miles Of Range, And A Top Speed of 62 MPH

BYD K9 Features 155 Miles Of Range, And A Top Speed of 62 MPH

For LA Metro, these will become the first electric buses put into service.

The deal with BYD calls for LA Metro to initially get five low-floor, 40-foot electric buses.  These people-movers will be tested and evaluated for some undisclosed length of time.  If they’re up to par, then LA Metro will purchase 20 additional buses.

The BYD contract further says that final assembly of the buses will be carried out at its manufacturing facility in LA County, which opened in May and is BYD’s first such site in the US.

Michael D. Antonovich, LA County Supervisor and Metro Board Chair, stated:

“Metro already operates the nation’s largest compressed natural gas bus fleet, but this initiative sets Metro on a new course for transitioning to even cleaner electric buses that will be assembled right here in Los Angeles County at the BYD manufacturing plant in Lancaster.”

 

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One response to "LA Metropolitan Transportation Authority to Purchase 25 BYD Electric Buses"

  1. Gary H says:

    Good for everyone. I really look forward to hearing about their experience with the buses. Whether it’s good or bad news, it is advancing the state-of-the art and experience working with electric buses in the U.S. Further, can you remind me of the cost per bus? That would be handy to know. Any information on whether any other system integrators are involved? Who supplies the livery and passenger communications and AVL systems? Interesting.