The Chinese company entered its all-electric buses in a fuel-efficiency testing program put on in Colombia by the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) and InterAmerican Development Bank (IABD), and the buses came up big.
Running against diesel and CNG-hybrid buses on a 12-mile route through Bogota that took between 60 and 90 minutes to complete, BYD's bus achieved a 7.3 km/liter-equivalent by measuring costs and 11 km/liter-equivalent measuring by energy output, which was the best among the buses tested. By our math, that comes out to between 17 to 26 miles per gallon equivalent, which doesn't sound great relative to cars, but is three to four times what the typical smoke-belching diesel bus gets.
BYD says the 200-plus electric buses it has put into service in Shenzhen, China have put on more than 5.5 million miles. In June, the company sold six buses to the Dutch island of Schiermonnikoog. In May, BYD won a contract to sell the city of Windsor, Ontario, for what was said to be the first North American municipal fleet of all-electric buses. BYD's press release is available below.
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BYD participated in the C40 Hybrid & Electric Bus Test Program in Latin America across several cities in partnership with the CCI C40 and the IADB starting in March 2012. The C40-CCI Program's Colombia test routes included a wide range of technically feasible driving conditions on representative streets of Bogota.
Buses were tested side-by-side on a Bogota circuit that had a length of over 19.6 km (12.25 miles) and approximately 1 - 1.5 hours on the route, depending on traffic conditions. BYD Electric Bus was reported to have the best fuel efficiency in kilometers per liter, with an average of 7.30 km/L-eq (costs) or 11.03 km/L-eq (energy output), obtained from 47 repetitions of approximately 30 minutes each, while driving in the real traffic conditions of Bogota. The same results expressed as fuel consumption are 14.29 and 9.46 L-eq/ 100km, respectively or 0.91 kWh/ km (or 1.45 kWh/ mile) in terms of energy consumption.
Manuel Olivera, Director of the C40-CCI Hybrid & Electric Bus Test Program, stated, "BYD's participation in our innovative program shows leadership and commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other local air pollutants in Latin American cities. Through the publication of results in a spirit of collaboration, we are able to demonstrate performance benchmarks for emissions and fuel efficiency across a range of buses, spurring technological and market development in many countries around the world." The core technology of the BYD electric bus is the self-developed Iron-Phosphate battery technology boasting the highest safety, longest service life and most environmentally-friendly rechargeable chemistry in any electric bus today.
The 200+ BYD electric buses, in service in Shenzhen China, have accumulated over 9,216,000 km (or 5,529,600 miles) by the end of August. BYD has seen a rapid increase in the number of deals they are signing in the past two months for its GreenCity (or 12m long K9) electric bus. Sales have been recorded in China, Nederlands, Finland, Uruguay, Israel, Canada and the United States and bus demonstrations have been completed or started in Colombia, Chile, Peru, Germany, Hungary and Spain.
BYD is ranked #1 at the top of Bloomberg's and Business Week's 2009 Tech 100 List (http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20100520006751/en/BYD-Tops-Bloomberg-Busi nesswee k%E2%80%99s-12th-Annual-Tech ) and is the leading manufacturer of advanced, environmentally-friendly battery technologies like the BYD's Iron Phosphate battery used in BYD electric vehicles and electric buses. BYD's solar panels and LED Lighting systems have CEC, TUV/CE and UL listings, and the company enjoys rapid growth in consumer electronics space and electrified transportation sector manufacturing under its BYD brand. BYD is the fastest-growing Chinese automotive and green energy technology enterprise. The Company trades on the Hong Kong Exchange (HKE) under the ticker numbers (HK.0285 – BYD Electronics) and (HK.1211 – BYD Company Ltd.), as well as on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange under the ticker number (002594 - BYD Company Ltd.). For more information, visit www.byd.com , www.facebook.com/bydcompany or email email@example.com .
About C40 partnership with CCI
C40 is a network of large and engaged cities from around the world committed to implementing meaningful and sustainable climate-related policies and programs locally that will help address climate change globally. C40 works in an aligned partnership with the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) Cities program of the William J. Clinton Foundation. CCI Cities became the delivery partner of C40 in 2006. The closer alliance between the two organizations --- announced in the spring of 2011 -- positions the combined effort as one of the preeminent climate action organizations in the world. To learn more please visit http://www.c40.org/