Los Angeles orders 130 BYD electric buses

The Los Angeles Department of Transportation has ordered 130 K7M electric buses from BYD, which calls the order the largest to date in the US.

The 30-foot K7M has 22 seats, a range of up to 150 miles, and a charging time of 2.5 to 3 hours. BYD offers a 12-year warranty on its batteries.

Los Angeles has launched its own Green New Deal, a set of sustainability goals that includes converting the entire LADOT fleet to zero-emission buses by 2030, and every city vehicle to zero-emission technology by 2050.

It is estimated that the 130 new e-buses will displace 98,700 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions over their 12-year life, a reduction 81% compared to the agency’s CNG buses.

The new buses will be built at BYD’s Coach & Bus factory in Lancaster, California.

LADOT has been working with BYD since 2014 when it conducted a 90-day trial of a battery-electric bus. In 2017, the agency introduced the first of four K9S e-buses. BYD has now sold more than 460 electric buses to transit agencies and other customers in Southern California.

Source: BYD