BYD Receives US Orders For Electric Buses From Link Transit And SolTrans

2 years ago by Mark Kane 6

The 35' BYD K9S that will be joining LINK's fleet in 2016

The 35′ BYD K9S that will be joining LINK’s fleet in 2016

BYD K9 40ft battery-electric transit bus which will be delivered to SolTrans Q3 2016

BYD K9 40ft battery-electric transit bus which will be delivered to SolTrans Q3 2016

BYD scored another two orders for its electric buses, this time from transport agencies that are purchasing EVs for the very first time.

The first new customer is Link Transit, in the City of Wenatchee, Washington, which this summer will receive four new BYD K9S 35ft.

Richard DeRock Executive Director of Link Transit said:

“This is a historic moment for both Link Transit and the state of Washington. This decision supported by the Link Transit board of directors is yet another example of the forward-thinking attitude towards technology and transportation that contributes to making Chelan and Douglas Counties great. I could not be more proud.”

“Our decision to go electric extends far beyond cleaner air and doing the right thing. These buses are whisper-quiet, and will drastically reduce noise pollution along their daily routes. Additionally, they will save our transit agency hundreds of thousands of dollars in fuel and maintenance costs and enable us to begin other upgrades to our system even sooner.”

The second new order is for two BYD K9 (40 footers) for  Solano County Transit (SolTrans), that operate in the Cities of Benicia and Vallejo in California.

BYD also announced that already have more than 6,000 electric buses running in revenue service for cities from Los Angeles, to London toHong Kong, all around the world (however most of them in China). Also interesting is that BYD indicates that they have over 7,000 electric buses built, which would mean that there is currently a significant number awaiting delivery/introduction.

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6 responses to "BYD Receives US Orders For Electric Buses From Link Transit And SolTrans"

  1. Anon says:

    Studies show significant operational savings of electric busses, over diesel. Cleaner urban air, lower healthcare costs for everyone, etc., etc..

    1. deborah crazy train flower power says:

      Yep..Good deal 🙂

    2. Beta995 says:

      Imagine living in a city with No Diesel Bus Stink.
      UnBeLiEvABlE.

  2. georges says:

    I have to give BYD credit. I was skeptical about being able to go all electric in a big vehicle like that.

    Plus the other good thing is they are making them in California which is in the US so that’s good.

    They probably get all the batteries shipped in from China though….i would think but not sure on that one.

  3. Ziv says:

    These orders are so small they appear to be tests rather than fleet buys. I hope they like what they see and BYD and Proterra get some large orders soon. Proterra has sold to around 15 cities and has fleets varying from 2 to 15 buses. It would be cool to see a city shift primarily to electric buses, I bet the people that live in that city will be big supporters of clean, quiet electric buses!

  4. Mister G says:

    I hope public schools jump on the electric bus bandwagon.