Spokane Transit Testing BYD Electric Bus In Washington State

MAR 12 2014 BY MARK KANE 3

New York Transit's BYD 40-foot Electric Bus

New York Transit’s BYD 40-foot Electric Bus

Spokane Transit Evaluates All-Electric Bus on City Routes

Spokane Transit Evaluates All-Electric Bus on City Routes

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.”

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Another town choosing BYD’s very practical, no extra infrastructure solution as opposed to ABB’s ridiculous “Substation at each Bus Stop”.

I agree.

Trying to electrify infrastructure is a fools errand.

First, it could work for substations on bus route, but for passenger vehicles it would be extremely expensive to electrify the roads enough that you could drive anywhere.

Second, batteries are getting better, so it would only be an interim solution, making it less good idea.

I love the idea of fleets electrifying. Buses seem more difficult because of their sheer size, but if it’s cost effective and attainable, that’s great.

Similarly, I’d love to see Fed Ex, the post office, taxi companies, hotel shuttles, etc. all electrify their fleets.