The good news is that the BYD electric buses slated for service in the China city of Dalian will easily be able to go from the factory to the streets on a single charge. Dalian has put an order in for a whopping 1,200 BYD electric buses, which are said to have a single-charge range of about 155 miles. BYD will deliver 600 buses this year and another 600 in 2015. The company has an electric-bus factory in the nearby Dalian Huayuankou Economic Zone.
BYD may be struggling to launch its electric e6 crossover and its F3DM plug-in hybrid sedan here in the States, but the Chinese automotive juggernaut appears to have no problem lining up sales for its electric eBUS-12 in Asia.
On December 21st, the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) launched commercial operation of its fleet of five electric buses, which immediately began servicing the city's Mt. Namsan circular routes. The electric coaches are big, measuring over 36 feet long, and can ferry passengers for up to 52 miles on a single charge while operating at a maximum speed of 62 miles per hour. When the juice is running low, the buses pull up to one of the area's two quick-charge stations for a 30-minute fill.
The city of Montreal is serious about going electric and, as proof, it will convert its entire fleet of buses over to the electric variety by 2025. If successful, Montreal should become the first North American city able to lay claim to an all-electric bus fleet. 2025 is quite a long ways away, so the city has a few plans in place to green its fleet immediately, before moving over to the battery-only buses later on.