BYD Unveils World’s First Long-Range Electric Coach Bus

FEB 5 2015 BY MARK KANE 13

BYD Electric Bus Sales Have Soared For Most All Of 2014

BYD Electric Transit Bus

At the United Motorcoach Association Expo in New Orleans, BYD unveiled its new all-electric coach bus called C9.

It’s a two-axle, 40′ long bus, with 47 seats and, just like BYD’s transit buses, can go over 190 miles. Battery pack of 365 kWh can be recharged in less than 2 hours.

With two 180 kW and 1,500 N·m (1,106 lb-ft) in-wheel brushless AC synchronous motors (BYD-TYC180A) C9 can go up to 62.5 mph (101 km/h).

BYD Coach & Bus Vice President of Sales, Macy Neshati stated:

“The transportation industry is still just warming up to the idea of Battery Electric transit buses. It was exciting to walk around last year’s APTA Expo in Houston and see so many reputable names displaying an electrified transit bus. However, I don’t think anybody thought they would see a viable electric coach solution for a few more years.”

According to BYD, this is just the beginning and this year we will see two additional electric coach buses – C10 and C6. All three can be ordered now.

“The other two, a 45′ three-axle coach named the C10 and a 23′ coach with executive and transport configurations named the C6 will be arriving by the end of 2015, and BYD sales managers at the 2015 UMA Expo were adamant about the fact they are taking orders for all three of the coaches starting now.”

Neshati added:

“Last year, BYD pulled away from the competition in the transit space when they launched a 30′ low floor bus and a 60′ articulated bus in addition to their 40′ bus making them the only electric bus builder with multiple offerings. This year the launch of three coach buses puts BYD on a level with no other bus or coach OEM. Not many people know this about BYD but we are a multibillion-dollar company employing nearly 190,000 people worldwide. There simply has never been a bus manufacturer in the United States with this sort of engineering or manufacturing power, that’s why I tell every customer I meet with they should go BYD, it’s the safe choice!”

The Longer C10 will carry 58 passengers and have the same drivetrain, although the battery pack is larger – 394.2 kWh. Thanks to 300 kW charging capability, just 1.3 hours is needed for another 190 mile trip.

The shorter C6, with a 152 kWh battery, will have a range of 124 miles (200 km) and is fastest of the trio: 77.7 mph (125 km/h).

Source: Green Car Congress

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BIG battery, 300,000 watt charging. A number of cities still have continuous over-head wires for electric buses. With shorter stops, 300kw over-head DC, during the seconds of a bus stop, will be enough to eliminate them.

“Pause, while we switch to” natural gas, or diesel, could be gone in a decade.

I’m glad they’ve Perfected the Perpetual Motion Machine. 300 KW * 1.3 hours is 390 kwh drawn from the powerline makes an astonishing 394 kwh charge into the battery!!!

Besides throwing out Thermodynamics, perhaps it also sucks heat out of the air (13,648 BTU to be exact) to come up with the otherwise missing 4 kwh. But at better than 100% efficiency, thats not bad!

I’m surprised they don’t need 5 axles just to support the weight of that pack.

LiFePO4 batteries are lighter than ordinairy Li-ion.

LiFePo has fairly low energydensity so total packweight is actually higher than most Li based chemistries.

This would make a nice RV…

Not sure where you’d plug it in, on the go, though…

I agree, could plug if in at RV campsites. They typically have 240v outlets. Mount some solar panels on the roof to charge as you drive.

I want to see them come out with a C20 double deck bus!

No pictures of the C10 or the C6?

Bring on a plug-in PHEV RV!


I’m curious what the mass and volume of the battery pack is. How much does it reduce space for luggage? Why did they choose to use in wheel motors instead of a more traditional setup? Does that help recover some volume?

Must be a good 50% but probably not enough to be a serious issue – wouldn’t matter for commuter-type routes though.