LANCASTER, California – BYD announced on May 3 the delivery of North America’s first 60-foot articulated battery electric transit bus to the Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) in Los Angeles County, California. On the same day, it introduced its class-8 battery-electric refuse truck at the 2017 ACT Expo at the Long Beach Convention Center.
The bus, part of AVTA’s award-winning campaign to fully electrify its fleet by 2018, was built with local labor in BYD’s factory in Lancaster, just miles from the AVTA office. It is the first delivery from AVTA’s order of thirteen 60-foot BYD buses and is the largest of its kind in Service in North America.
The 60-foot BYD bus seats up to 60 people and provides a range of 200 miles on a single charge with full charging completed in two to three hours. It will join the rest of the AVTA fleet in serving the half million residents of northern Los Angeles County. It runs longer and holds more passengers than any other commercially available battery-electric bus in the U.S.
The electric truck, on the other hand, represents the first heavy-duty refuse truck designed and built by an OEM. The event at ACT Expo marked the availability of the truck for purchase and deployment in North America.
The 10-ton payload refuse truck provides 76 miles of range with minimal battery degradation. The truck is a cab and chassis platform, which includes the batteries, high voltage control system, all-electric propulsion system and electric power take off for powering the hydraulic system to operate the refuse truck bodies. This platform is designed to integrate with all of the major refuse truck body builders in North America, and can be configured as a side loader, automated side loader, front loader, rear loader, or roll off.
The truck can charge at 40 kW, 80 kW, 100 kW, or 200 kW rates, requiring between one and five hours to charge depending on the power interface used. BYD’s refuse truck battery technology allows for a projected 80 percent capacity after 5,000 cycles or 14 years, if charged every day.
Fleet managers can expect more than $13,000 of operational cost savings annually based on service routes of 60 miles per day/five days a week. These savings are due to high-efficiency electric motors and motor controls, as well as lower maintenance on propulsion systems, fewer fluids to change, less brake wear due to cutting-edge regenerative braking technology, and fewer moving parts.
“BYD continues to lead the heavy-duty electric vehicle market with our advanced battery technology, and this new refuse truck is just the latest example of our vehicle solutions that can save fleet customers tens of thousands of dollars annually,” said Stella Li, President of BYD Motors. “BYD’s medium- and heavy-duty battery electric vehicles have a lower total cost of ownership and can be a one-for-one replacement with fossil fueled vehicles in fleet operations.”
Nearly 600 Californians are employed at the BYD factory in Lancaster which produces the electric buses and trucks. Workers there recently completed a card-check vote, an important step towards unionization.