BOGOTA, Colombia--(BUSINESS WIRE)--During Mobility and Transport 2013 Conference held in Bogota this year, global bus manufacturer BYD announced the 2014 production of the world’s first, long-range, 18 meter (60 foot), articulated all-battery-electric transit bus (video link of BYD prototype provided with release).
Similar to other buses that BYD makes, this model is specifically tailored to the needs and requirements of Colombia’s rapid transit programs -- utilizing efficient in-wheel motors (also found in the BYD “K9” 12 meter buses). The BYD 12-meter buses have accumulated 23 million Km (~14M miles) of in-revenue service world-wide and also have become synonymous with low maintenance costs. The high-floor loading-system designed for the 18 meter articulated bus has been developed specifically for Bogota’s TransMilenio Rapid Transit system serving the capital of Colombia. The BRT opened to the public in December 2000 with 11 lines totaling 87 km (~54 miles) running throughout the city. As of October 2012, up to 1400 buses were circulating on the BRT system in Bogota. BYD’s Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems have a high-floor to match loading platforms like a subway ensure efficient loading protocols. They can also be designed with a very-low floor if customers specify. The BYD bus strength is enhanced by using a strong steel chassis and an aluminum body. According to initial prototype testing in China, the 18 meter BYD articulated bus ran 240 km (150 miles) on a single charge – this would fully meet the daily requirements for Colombian city BRT transport.
Gustavo Pedro, the mayor of Bogota, recently announced Decree 477 to upgrade Bogota’s public transportation systems in 4 phases which introduces various low or zero-emission transportation technologies. BYD launched Latin America’s largest taxi fleet with the Bogota Mayor this fall, completed very positive testing of the 12m buses in September and is now partnering for a large opportunity to bring articulated electric buses to the BRT. BYD will introduce two new models based on Colombia’s transportation regulations for demo in 2014.
BYD Company Ltd. is one of China’s largest companies to have successfully expanded globally. Specializing in battery technologies, their green mission to “solve the whole problem” has made them industry pioneers and leaders in several High-tech sectors including High-efficiency Automobiles, Electrified Public Transportation, Environmentally-Friendly Energy Storage, Affordable Solar Power and Information Technology and Original Design Manufacturing (ODM) services.
As the world’s largest manufacturer of rechargeable batteries, their mission to create safer and more environmentally friendly battery technologies has led to the development of the BYD Iron Phosphate (or "Fe") Battery. This fire-safe, completely recyclable and incredibly long-cycle technology has become the core of their clean energy platform that has expanded into automobiles, buses, trucks, utility vehicles and energy storage facilities. BYD and all of their shareholders, including the great American Investor Warren Buffett, see these environmentally and economically forward products as the way of the future.
BYD has made a strong entrance to the North, Central and South American markets with their battery electric buses, and lineup of automobiles. Their mission lies not just in sales growth, but also in sociological integration and local job creation as they have poured incredible investments into developing offices, dealerships and manufacturing facilities in the local communities they now call home, truly a first for Chinese companies. For more information, please visit www.byd.com or www.facebook.com/bydcompany.