BYD Electric Bus Goes 202 Miles On a Single Charge in Denmark

MAR 27 2014 BY MARK KANE 14

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BYD breaks its own electric bus record by clocking 325 km (or 202 miles) on public roads in Copenhagen in Denmark.

What’s even more interesting is that the ebus used by bus operator City-Trafik still had several percent of spare energy.

“The 12 metre BYD ebus completed its normal service on Route 12 a week ago, a total distance of 110km (or 68.4 miles) carrying an average of 40 passengers. Then the bus set off along the Ballerup highway – a standard motorway – and further covered a distance of 215km (or 133.6 miles) ending the day with 8% of battery charge remaining, clocking up a total of 325km (202 miles) on a single charge.”

The previous BYD record from its trial in Poland amounted to 310 km on 69% of energy.

Another Chinese electric bus in Denmark was tested separately by Arriva, which did 240 km with some 8% spare energy:

“A second trial of an ebus in Copenhagen with the city’s other operator Arriva produced a no less impressive result. The bus completed an arduous full day of city operation – 150km (or 93 miles) from 06:00 to 16:50, operating fully loaded and with the electric heating system in constant use. The bus was then taken on a 90km (or 56 miles) motorway run and again ended up with a 8% charge remaining, covering a total distance of 240 km (149miles) on a single charge.”

Both vehicles were specially equipped to handle the rigors of the Scandinavian winter. According to BYD, the running cost for electric buses are low in Denmark:

“Operating costs have been low – electricity in Denmark costs 2DKK (€0.27) per kWh at normal prices. This compares with diesel at 9.79DKK (€1.3) per litre.”

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Good news!

And Danish electricity is at least 33% pure wind.

And about 56% fossil fuels. But in there defense they have brought it down from 73% fossil fuels during a 6 year period.

They are on their way to get down to the EU average, might even be there when all numbers for 2013 are in.

You seem to consistently forget that nuclear is also fossil and generates waste. If you factor out nuclear, Denmark is very high in the renewables ranking.

And 100% renewable electricity without nuclear is a very, very difficult goal only achievable medium term in exceptional geographical locations due to need of regulating capacity.

Denmark gets this capacity via links to Norway/Swedish hydro. An average European country does not have this much of it, it is not enough for all of Europe.

Perhaps you would explain what uranium is a fossil of?

I’m not sure by what mental process you have arrived at your conclusion that nuclear is a use of fossil fuel, but in any case, it ain’t.

Don’t pick at words. As long as you have to dig it up and it is finite and dirty it is fossil for all purposes except etimology.

First time I’ve ever encountered anyone considering it to be fossil fuel. Etymologi is the only way I could consider it to be fossil fuel, but then a potato would be fossil food too. 🙂 And the PV’s and wind turbines would be considered fossil because of all the fossil parts they contain.

In my world to be considered fossil you need to have organic material in an anaerob environment generally for a long period of time under higher pressure and temperature.

I am taking it back, INCLUDING etimology. The broader semantic field is “dug up”, that it had to be a living thing first is a later partial layer of meaning.

fossil (n.) 1610s, “any thing dug up;” 1650s (adj.) “obtained by digging,” from French fossile (16c.), from Latin fossilis “dug up,” from fossus, past participle of fodere “to dig,” from PIE root *bhedh- “to dig, pierce.”

You seem to consistently forget that energy from the sun is nuclear.
100% renewables without nuclear isn’t an interesting goal in itself when you look at the environment and emissions, it’s mainly some ideologic belief. I don’t mind if countries want 100% renewables and no nuclear but that is no excuse for the pollution that you actually emit.
Denmark are lucky to have neighbors who can supply them with some regulating electricity when needed but most of the work is done by the danes.
But you’re right, I’m being a bit unfair to Denmark. Their numbers just show how far we still have to go.

I am not against nuclear power myself, but I can totally relate to governments who do not want nuclear in their countries due to waste, Fukushima, and Chornobyl.

Without nuclear achieving anything over 50% renewables is very difficult and is a long way off.

But the clue is that the world is still far, far away from these 50% anyway.

I can respect it, even though it rarely rational (but then again there are so many things in life that aren’t rational).
But I also expect responsability taken for their use of fossil fuels and not using it as a poor excuse.

Any idea about how much time it takes to charge it fully?

I vaguely remember 5 hours via two sockets

And how about filling the roof with solar panels…