Oregon Tests Its First Electric Bus For Portland Area

BYD Electric Bus

JUN 25 2014 BY CODY OSBORNE 22

The “Left Coast” continues to lead the nation when it comes to electric mobility. BYD has delivered its first bus to Oregon for testing (for a limited time.)

This bus will be a first in the Oregon market, but not the first in the Northwest. Spokane got it’s chance with this 325kWh bus in March. Both of the transit companies say the BYD buses will suit a majority of the routes for both cities, in part due to the immense range provided by the largest in the industry battery pack.

Range for this behemoth is around 110-180 miles, meaning it can go all day without a recharge. Competing with this is the Proterra bus, also built here in the states, but with a much smaller pack (54-72kWh pack). It can be argued that the Proterra can actually go much further in a day (see: Proterra Sets Record), but that would require frequent trips to a charger to achieve that! However, buses typically have “downtime” during the day, so it’s entirely possible to stage a charger or bring the bus back to the station 3-4 times in a 24-hour day.

The truth though is that both models show promise, and both can succeed. Tri-met is currently applying for Federal grants to try and purchase eight buses in the future and is glad to be able to test this BYD model before purchasing in the future. Tri-met has stated that they like the idea of less frequent charging and the ability to function well for a full days work.

byd bus Portland Oregon

Photo Credit: Gary G.

Here are some stats on the BYD Bus delivered for Portland from a recent Cars With Cords Post:

  • battery voltage: 500+ volts
  • three separate battery packs
  • recharge time: 2-4 hours
  • twin 90 kW motors propel the bus
  • it has good acceleration up to 30 mph, a bit slower after that
  • two larger motor sizes are available
  • there are two charging ports
  • 325kWh Battery Pack
  • 110-140 mile range
  • weight: 30,423lbs.
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 39,700lbs.

If you’re in the Portland Metro area and want a ride on the whispery quiet beast, (while it’s there) here’s a link to the Tri-met website with all the route information: http://howweroll.trimet.org/2014/06/19/were-testing-an-all-electric-bus/

Hat tip to Oregon Electric Vehicle Association http://www.oeva.org/

Source: Cars With Cords

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22 Comments on "Oregon Tests Its First Electric Bus For Portland Area"

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davemart

Very large numbers of BYD buses already on the road, mainly in China but all over the world, is a persuasive argument for any fleet manager.

They do the job, reliably and economically.

Awesome. I ride the BYD buses Stanford bought all the time and am amazed and impressed. This is the bus responsible and smart cities buy.

It’s about the price of a diesel or hybrid bus ($550,000) and is far, far cooler and brings massive green and tech credentials.

Tri-Met would be smart to be the first to commit to only buying revenue saving, all electric buses.

Mikael

Still no real orders for the BYD K9 in Europe or the US?

davemart

‘Schiphol Airport has inked a deal with Chinese car manufacturer BYD for 35 all-electric 12-meter-long buses. The buses will be used for shuffling passengers from gates to aircraft not using a jetway.

BYD claims the Schiphol fleet of tailpipe-free electric buses is Europe’s largest. The vehicles will hit the airport tarmac in about a year.

http://www.nltimes.nl/2013/07/22/electric-buses-coming-to-schiphol/

That is about now, as the article is a year old.

Holland already has several in service.

They have full European approval and are being trialed everywhere from Turkey to Poland.

Mikael

6 delivered to Schiermonnikoog. And 35 hopefully soon on their way to Shiphol.

Anyone know any more orders and deliveries?

davemart

2,000 orders up to April this year, mainly from China:

http://www.chinabuses.org/news/2014/0604/article_8143.html

Mikael

….in Europe and the US was what I meant. 🙂

DaveMart

They are currently at trial stage in cities around Europe.

Public procurement works by testing out for at least a year, prior to major orders so that they have all the relevant data.

That process has already been gone through in China, hence they are now at the stage of major orders.

There are three so far at Stanford, amazing and fun buses!

GeorgeS

I think the Proterra bus is technologically superior.

davemart

Robust and simple technology is the name of the game for fleets and public transport.
KISS.

Phatcat73

2-4 hrs to recharge 325kwh!

Does it come with its own supercharger ?

325 KW-Hrs divided by four hours is 85 KW rate but, there are two charging connectors and that gives 42.5 KW each and that at 240 Volts is less than the 200 Amperes of the simple residential service drop. They just use two of them. When they are charging it is the grid equivalent of two homes and when they are not charging it isn’t using power from the grid at all.

Ocean Railroader

This would be good for the Grid if you have say 50 buses charging around the clock at different parts of the day. The new electrical demand from the new buses and evs would help the grid off set loses do to the growing use of solar power on people’s roofs.

Aaron

Wrong “its” in the headline. This is what separates the boys (small web sites) from the men (big web sites).

Ellison

Awesome. I ride the BYD buses Stanford bought all the time and am amazed and impressed. This is the bus responsible and smart cities buy.

It’s about the price of a diesel or hybrid bus ($550,000) and is far, far cooler and brings massive green and tech credentials.

Tri-Met would be smart to be the first to commit to only buying revenue saving, all electric buses.