BYD Electric Bus Andino-12 Wraps Up 2 Week Trial: Real-World Range is 174 Miles
BYD’s electric bus Andino-12—a 40-foot, 80-passenger bus—just completed two weeks of extensive trials, evaluation and testing in Colombia.
The results, which have been made available from data compiled by third-parties (Sistemas Sustentables and ISSRC), are impressive.
BYD claims that Andino-12 has a range of over 155 miles. That’s the automaker/ bus maker’s own claim.
The independent test results show BYD’s claim to be accurate.
Third-party results show that Andino-12 has a real-world range of 168 to 174 miles, thus beating the automaker’s claim by a slight margin.
Tests specifics were as follows:
“The testing was carried out in Bogota on a route specified by Transmilenio SA. The test route covered around 700 km with a total testing time of 40 hours under various traffic conditions, road surfaces and gradients. The tests were carried out under two different load conditions (full load and 70% loaded).”
Additional results include:
“The Andino 12’s average performance on route was 1.13 km/kWh (exceeding even BYD’s specifications of 1 km/kWh). In terms of passenger perceived noise, the average values obtained were considerably below the Colombian standards, 61.44 dB and 66.87dB with the windows closed and open (the maximum standard in Columbia is 80 dBA). When the bus is stopped, it does not generate any noise since the motor parts are static (i.e. it does not have an idling mode like a traditional internal combustion engine). The results obtained fell well within required values set in the Colombian standard (daily limit of 50 μg/ m36), regardless of whether the vehicle circulates with the windows closed or open (20.2 and 31.8 μg/m3 respectively). The bus did not present any problems in terms of range and regeneration and was completely reliable. The single-charge range of the Andino 12 was confirmed between 270 and 280 km, which complies with Bogota requirements for operating within the system.”
The government of Bogota, Colombia is pleased with the results and will put the bus into service soon.