Following a phased reopening of its Lancaster, California manufacturing plant in mid-May, BYD is back to building electric buses. The company’s first post-closure delivery completed an order of 10 battery-electric K9S buses to Link Transit in Wenatchee, Washington.
The K9S 35-ft electric bus seats up to 32, has a range of 215 miles, and can be charged in 3 to 4 hours. Link Transit’s 10 buses are fitted with wireless charging receivers from Momentum Dynamics, to allowing for en route charging.
Link Transit has been operating a 200 kW wireless charging system from Momentum Dynamics since 2018. In January, Momentum and Link Transit extended their relationship with a new five-year agreement under which Momentum will provide three new 300 kW en route charging stations.
“We’ve been operating the first eight [BYD buses] since mid-March and they have been a huge help to our system,” said Richard DeRock, General Manager of Link Transit. “They have far exceeded our expectations with their performance.”