Spokane Transit Testing BYD Electric Bus In Washington State
Spokane, Washington is the latest place in the U.S. where passengers have an opportunity to try out an EV bus.
Spokane Transit will test a BYD ebus on routes 22, 24, 25, 26, 27 and 28 throughout March.
E. Susan Meyer, STA Chief Executive Officer stated:
“We are looking forward to running the vehicle for about a month. We are always interested in exploring environmentally-friendly, cost-effective fuel alternatives.”
STA has been invited to participate in a state-wide evaluation because it’s planning to buy replacements with delivery in 2018-2019 and electric drive is one of the options. Since 2007, Spokane Transit has had hybrid diesel-electric buses (currently 28), which have 17% better fuel economy than standard diesel buses, according to press release.
Stella Li, President of BYD Motors remarked:
“We are delighted to work with Spokane Transit. They have a visionary leadership team that desires not only the most reliable service, but also the most cost effective for their communities — we applaud their efforts to introduce a technology that will not harm the environment.”