BYD Demonstrating Electric Bus in Salvador, Brazil
DEC 15 2013 BY MARK KANE
BYD is doing a tremendous job demonstrating electric buses all over the world, which should bring some benefits to the Chinese automaker in the future.
BYD’s latest stop is Salvador, Brazil where the Chinese ebus is at Salvador City Hall and will be used to ferry passengers from the airport to Lapa, via the coast until December 21 on normal routes.
According to BYD, citizens of Salvador are curious about the presence of a big blue vehicle, which will be evaluated by city bus operator Viação Rio Vermelho. The bus operator currently has over 200 buses.
Vagner Rigon, BYD Sales Manager said:
“We will compare standard equipment and make an assessment of outcome. This will be good for all users. The bus is fully electric with three sets of batteries, enabling over a 250km driving range. It has no oil filters, no engine oil to change. When you compare the total cost of ownership for a Diesel bus and electricity bus, you realize that the electric one is much more advantageous. There is no direct pollution, the battery is recyclable, and bus noise is virtually zero. The body is aluminum, which can also be recycled”.