Posts Tagged: BYD

BYD wins contract for 35 electric buses at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport

Chinese automaker BYD has been selected to supply 35 electric buses to Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. The new buses, which will be used to transfer passengers between airplanes and terminals, will enter service in July of 2014, replacing a legacy fleet of diesel buses. Aims of the Sustainable Bus System of Schiphol include reducing maintenance costs… Read more »

Aruba plans to be emissions-free by 2020

Cities, regions and countries around the world are moving ahead with the transition to electric mobility. As we discuss in this month’s issue of Charged, island communities are especially keen to get plugged in, because of their high energy prices and environmental challenges. However, as far as we know, the Caribbean island of Aruba is the… Read more »

Los Angeles to deploy BYD electric buses

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has approved a contract with China-based BYD Motors to purchase up to 25 all-electric buses as part of a $30 million pilot project. Metro currently has a fleet of 2,238 natural gas buses operating on 183 routes. The new BYDs will be the agency’s first electric buses…. Read more »

BYD buys plant in California to build electric buses

Chinese EV maker BYD has purchased a facility in Lancaster, California, to house its electric bus manufacturing operations. The plant was formerly operated by Rexhall Industries, a maker of RVs. Several Rexhall employees, including company CEO William Rex, will stay on as the plant makes the transition to BYD ownership. According to BYD, the manufacturing… Read more »

Long Beach Transit votes to buy BYD buses, Proterra protests

After several delays and much controversy, the Long Beach Transit Board voted on Monday to award a $12.1 million contract to purchase 10 electric buses to a US subsidiary of the Chinese firm BYD. The contract is funded mainly by the federal government’s Transit Investment for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction (TIGGER) program, one of… Read more »

Daimler joint venture launches new EV brand in China

The partnership between Daimler and Chinese automaker BYD has launched a new brand called DENZA, which will produce what the Chinese call “New Energy Vehicles” – EVs and hybrids. The very first DENZA, a concept EV, is now on display at Auto China 2012 in Beijing. Shenzhen BYD Daimler New Technology (BDNT) has provided copious… Read more »

Pike report assesses 10 leading lithium battery firms

Lithium ion batteries – we EV boosters love ‘em (though we wish they could be a bit lighter and a lot cheaper). EV party-poopers hate ‘em, telling anyone who will listen that they’re bound to explode, stop working after a year or two, or maybe even channel mind-controlling signals from hippy Communist aliens. Everyone agrees… Read more »

Alcoa’s all-aluminum design reduces weight of BYD Electric Bus by 40 percent

The bus world is buzzing over the news that aluminum giant Alcoa’s design for the new BYD Electric Bus reduces its body weight by 40 percent compared to steel options, which should improve the range by at least 10 percent. The new design features an all-aluminum frame, as well as forged aluminum wheels and fasteners…. Read more »