Australian Airport To Test World’s Longest Range Electric Bus

DEC 12 2014 BY MARK KANE 5

BYD Electric Bus

BYD Electric Bus

BYD is evaluating another market for its all-electric buses – Australia.

This time, the electric bus has begun a six-month pilot program at Sydney International Airport, where it will be used by airport ground transportation provider Carbridge as an airport passenger shuttle.

At a launch ceremony held at Sydney International Airport, BYD Asia Pacific General Manager Liu Xueliang stated:

“Compared with fossil-fueled buses, BYD’s pure electric bus has zero emissions, doesn’t make noise and ensures a comfortable ride without disturbances associated with conventional buses of combustion engines.  These characteristics will provide a great experience for visitors to the Airport.”

Interesting is that according to the press release, Sydney Airport plans to switch its entire bus fleet to electric drive in the coming years!

BYD, as usual, attached a description highlighting more than 20 million kilometers of “in revenue service” experience and more than 250 km (155 miles) of range.

“BYD’s Battery Electric bus employs many advanced technologies developed in-house by a staff of more than 15,000 R&D engineers, such as the advanced environmentally friendly, BYD Iron-Phosphate battery, in-wheel hub motors and regenerative braking system. The break-through Iron-Phosphate battery is fire-safe and non-toxic: there are no caustic materials contained in the battery, no toxic electrolytes or heavy metals and can be completely recycled. The BYD electric bus delivers a host of operational and environmental benefits for public transport riders, operators and people in the community — it is very quiet and ensures a comfortable ride without vibrations, jerks or noise associated with the conventional buses and combustion engines. The bus can also drive for more than 250 km (155 miles) even in heavy city traffic on a single charge. The bus has completed more than 20 million kilometers of “in revenue service” and has been evaluated in many major cities all over the world.”

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5 Comments on "Australian Airport To Test World’s Longest Range Electric Bus"

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Bill Howland
Although I have no idea why they need 15,000 ‘engineers’, this is visibly the way of the future. It may even in time supplant LNG AND CNG for fueling busses, at least for short – haul applications. On the blogs here, I remember several telling me that “In-Hub motors would NEVER WORK, since there is additional unsprung weight, to which I replied, ‘we have had ‘in-hub direct drive BRAKES for around 100 years, and nobody seems to be bothered by THERE ‘unsprung weight’, so once again BYD is proving the ‘Big Experts’ wrong. It is jaw-droppingly astonishing to me, to he how major corporations could make such bone-headed strategic errors. 2 big examples come to mind: 1). Siemens, what with their ‘Electric Substation at each Bus Stop’ wildly unworkable at any reasonable price charging system, whereas BYD requires low cost, or almost no cost Bus Depot chargers overnight – extremely grid friendly also, overall. 2). Toyota for 2 reasons: A). Cheapening the quality of their vehicles, living off their (former) repulation for quality. This plan never works as long they think it will. B). Banking on Hydrogen, when there is no customer demand for it, and no infrastructure in place… Read more »
Micke Larsson

I assume that “some” of the 15 000 engineers are normally working to get those 500 000 cars that BYD sells and all those batteries, being one of the worlds largest battery companies too.

15 000 engineers on a few thousand buses per year would have been an interesting sight. 😛

George Bower

especially in California.

Jouni Valkonen

electric busses and electric/hybrid trucks are financially nobrainers already today, because batteries are cheaper than Diesel, period. It is perhaps somewhat intriquing to see how much markets are behind the potential of technology.

Jouni Valkonen

if the range of electric buss or truck is not sufficient, just stack more batteries. Larger battery has proportionally longer service life, therefore it does not make electric busses and trucks significantly more expensive.

Also Tesla batteries has sufficient energy density that it makes sense to stack batteries as much as it is needed for planned application. With BYD batteries it may needed to make some compromises, but they are also doing good enough in many applications.