Transportation

Long-Range Electric Buses

BYD ebus is a purely electric city bus with no tailpipe emissions and very low noise levels. The bus is powered by BYD’s lithium-ion iron-phosphate batteries, which are characterized by high energy density, long service time, and low cost, according to the company. Powered by three battery packs with a combined capacity of 324 kWh, the lightweight BYD ebus has a range of 250 km on a single charge in urban conditions.

With a charging power of 60 kW, the BYD ebus can be fully charged in about 5 hours, and thus can be charged during off-peak hours. BYD says that the chemical materials contained in the battery can be safely recycled.

Why you should care

BYD aims to gradually replace gasoline and diesel buses with electric models that can dramatically reduce air pollution from the transportation sector. The ebus costs around €100,000 more than the diesel equivalent but is estimated to pay for itself within 3-4 years through fuel savings.

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