BYD unveils battery-electric bus fleet for University of California, Irvine

BYD unveils battery-electric bus fleet for University of California, Irvine

At an earlier-this-week ceremony at the University of California, Irvine, Chinese electric car manufacturer BYD unveiled the US’ first battery-powered, fully-electric bus fleet for the school campus.

The new electric bus fleet unveiled by BYD comprises a total of 20 all-electric buses, which have been named the Anteater Express after the mascot of the University. According to the details shared by BYD, the K9M electric buses of the new fleet are equipped with lithium-iron phosphate batteries, and have an approximate 160-mile range on a single charge. The buses can seat 41 passengers.

The new BYD electric bus fleet will replace 29 diesel models which were previously operating at the school campus. The estimated cost of running the BYD buses will be $1 less per mile as compared to the cost of running the older diesel buses at the campus.

The University’s shift to electric buses is a result of funds raised by the students in accordance with a 2013 referendum. The students voted in the referendum for an additional $40 fee per quarter; and the amount collected was used for fully funding the electric bus service at the campus.

The battery-powered, all-electric bus fleet unveiled at the University will likely deliver over 2 million rides per year, across the campus as well as to various locations in town.

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