Chinese automobile manufacturer BYD is launching the K12A, an 88.5-foot-long electric bus. The K12A has a passenger capacity of 250 and a top speed of about 43 MPH. According to BYD, the K12A is the world’s longest electric bus and the first with a distributed 4WD system that can switch between 2WD and 4WD.
The bus features DC and AC charging ports and a range of over 185 miles per charge. Each K12A can save the equivalent of 80 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually and 95,000 gallons of fuel over its lifetime, according to BYD.
BYD has delivered more than 50,000 of its shorter electric buses.
Luis Carlos Moreno, CEO of Colombia’s Express, said, “I’m confident that BYD’s super-long pure electric buses are the future of bus rapid transit systems. On a trip to Shenzhen, I’ve seen that the city’s public buses are already 100% electrified, and I firmly believe that electrification is a future global trend.”