Sao Paulo Transit Completes Successful Trials of BYD Electric Bus; Orders Two For Now


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BYD announced that Sao Paulo Transit (SPTrans) ordered two battery-electric buses, which will be delivered in March 2014.

These electric vehicles will join 20 ICE buses currently operating on Line 509M in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where SPTrans has a fleet of over 16,000 buses (a lot to electrify eventually).

According to BYD, the pilot program proved that the BYD electric bus was effective on over 80% of routes currently in operation and has an average range of 250 km (155 miles).

João Carlos Fagundes, SP Transit Engineering Division Manager stated:

“Our tests were designed to demonstrate the performance of the e-bus running on the streets of Sao Paulo, such as its braking performance and so on. The electric bus was filled with a weight equivalent to a full load of passengers and run on bus lanes and other designed lines in Sao Paulo,”

SOURCE: BYD Company Ltd via BusinessWire

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Great. Love electric buses. – Emission reductions equal to those of many electric cars – No pollution right where it’s more important (cities) – Great advertising for EVs in general (lots of people come to experience how comfortable electric drive is). Same for electric taxis. I think BYD is focusing on the right areas. In some cities (Shenzen, Bogota, ?): both BYD e6 taxis and BYD e-buses. My view: Nissan should offer the taxi version of its e-NV200 with twice the pack of the standard version (so, some 48 kwh). Would it work, technically (space and weight-wise)? The vehicle in itself is ideal as a cab (adopted in NYC, as most of us know), but in my opinion you need a greater range (also in view of battery degradation). It should not cost much more, per mile driven, since it could be driven for at least twice the miles, in the life of the taxi. And the cost will be double only for the battery. The rest of the car would cost the same, and you’ll use it for twice the miles. Wouldn’t it be even cheaper, in cost per mile, while, at the same time, offering the great advantage… Read more »
Even a 72 kwh battery should be considered. Much longer range at no extra cost per mile (since it lasts much longer). Actually, even a Model S would make sense, here in Europe. Much better a Model X. Ideal. Here in Germany, many taxis are quite big Mercedes, maybe just €25,000 cheaper than a Model S (60 or 85). With savings of about €0.16 per km, you break even after about 160,000 km (100,000 miles). You can drive some 4-500,000 miles in a Model S without replacing batteries (of course, it can be much more if range will still be enough for you). So, if you would drive the same with the Mercedes, at the end you would have saved some €75,000 or more! (on top of having recovered the €25,000). Now, let’s compare a 85 Model S with a non plug-in Prius. Sorry for that…!!! “Cost” difference: 80,000-27,000= €53,000 I think the cost of financing these extra €53,000 can be considered to be compensated by the increase of the cost of gasoline in a 8-10 year period (even at just the average inflation rate). “Cost per km” difference (incl. maintenance): 0.09-0.04= €0.05 (at current prices. Much more in future,… Read more »