SunLine Transit In California Expands Fleet With First All-Electric Bus

MAY 15 2016 BY MARK KANE 4

BYD Motors Electric Buses

BYD Motors Electric Buses

Via the SunLine Transit Agency, the Coachella Valley in California has a new all-electric bus.

SunLine has just announced the introduction of the first pure EV in its fleet after tests on service routes that began in January.

The 40 ft. low floor transit bus seats 35, and has room for more than 60 standing passengers.  The eBus was provided by BYD.

Range on a single charge stands at 155 miles of typical urban driving, on a 324 kWh battery (covered by a 12 year warranty). Charging takes about four hours.

Lauren Skiver, general manager of SunLine Transit Agency said:

“I’m proud that SunLine Transit has taken this step to add our first all-electric bus to the fleet. BYD has demonstrated that its electric bus technology is reliable and can meet the needs SunLine has for service routes. Additionally, SunLine will begin to see a return on its investment with cost savings over the lifetime of the bus.”

Macy Neshati, vice president of Coach and Bus for BYD said:

“SunLine Transit has shown great leadership in expanding its fleet with alternative fuel options, and we are pleased to serve as their technology partner by providing their first all-electric buses. Our BYD electric buses provide a multitude of benefits from reduced operational costs, including significant fuel savings, cleaner air due to no tailpipe emissions, and less noise pollution, making for a more comfortable ride for both bus operator and passenger.”

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4 Comments on "SunLine Transit In California Expands Fleet With First All-Electric Bus"

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Bob Immler

Apparently, not the first all-electric bus in California: http://www.fleetsandfuels.com/fuels/evs/2014/09/foothill-for-all-electric-bus-first/

Jay Cole

Far from first in California, first for this fleet/Sunline/Coachella Valley though

Ford Prefect

Story probably could have included information that SunLine is no stranger to clean fuel technology and has been operating hydrogen fuel cell buses for over a decade.