ALTOONA, Pennsylvania – A BYD e-bus has successfully completed a structural integrity testing program conducted by Altoona Bus Research and Testing Center under the Larson Institute and sponsored by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) in a fast 116 track days in Pennsylvania, according to a BYD news release.
This is the world’s first and only long-range battery electric transit bus in mass production and the only bus capable of driving continuously for up to 24 hours on a single charge, BYD said.
“The Altoona staff were professional and accommodating guiding BYD through the process and ensuring all testing met the Federal standards. The FTA was supportive of our efforts to ensure that this vehicle, the first 40-foot, all-electric bus to be tested met the North American standards and was properly tested within the guidelines,” said Stella Li, president of BYD Motors.
BYD’s electric bus has no transmission, clutches or drivetrain but has instead two in-wheel-drive motors powered by batteries on board the bus.
The 40-foot BYD e-bus is just the first of three different size options that will be offered to the United States for the 2014/2015 deliveries.
According to Li, BYD will commence shortly with the testing of the BYD 60-foot Bus-Rapid-Transit (BRT) style all electric articulated bus at Altoona.