BYD 3407 on SE Shopping Express at San Antonio Transit Center (Showers Dr. and Latham St.) on May 10, 2014 (photo credit: Michael Strauch streetcarmike.com)
BYD recently uploaded an interesting webinar on electric buses.
The first half is on BYD products. The Chinese company already has sold more than 1,300 EV buses and has orders for another 4,000. But the plans for the future are bold - in 2020 BYD expects to produce more electric buses annually (maybe 40,000) than Nissan produced LEAFs in 2014.
There are also two new models coming, one in 2015 (18-meters long) and another in 2016 (short shuttle bus).
The second part of the video is on Stanford University's electric buses - 13 BYDs in total. Stanford University's goal is to have up to 80% electric buses in service by 2020.
"Micheal Austin, Vice President at BYD America – BYD Motors is the largest electric-bus manufacturer in the world with over 1300 battery electric buses completed that run entirely off battery power lasting up to 24 hours on a single 2-4 hour charge.
Ward Thomas, Transportation Operations at Stanford University – The Stanford Marguerite, the university’s transit service, currently operates 13 40-foot electric buses on and off campus, providing free service for faculty, staff, students and the surrounding community."
Transportation Operations at Stanford University