BYD wireless charging electric buses could come to Washington

Company Says It Has Made More Than 5,000 Electric Buses

Washington State. It's not just for building the carbon-fiber reinforced plastic body for the BMW i3 anymore. The China-based electric-bus manufacturer BYD has good reason to tout the Evergreen State's green-vehicle credentials.

That's because Washington State's Department of Transportation just released its list of heavy-duty bus contract winners. And BYD, which now makes a lot of its goods in California in addition to China, came up quite big. Specifically, BYD won the bids for 10 of the dozen electric-bus categories sought by the state. This is a big deal because Washington could purchase up to 800 buses in all. Those electric buses range from 30 to 60 feet long, and some of them will even be wireless. That means that they'll be able to charge during their route instead of only being plugged in after the day is done.

BYD says it has built more than 5,000 electric buses that have served more than 150 cities in three-dozen countries and have traveled a collective 50 million miles. Most recently, the BYD electric buses made news, and gained some karma points, by being used to shuttle Special Olympics athletes in and around the Long Beach, CA area during the Special Olympic Games in Southern California last month. Earlier this summer, BYD said it would work with Alexander Dennis Ltd. to expand London's fleet of electric buses. With 50 more EV buses, London will have Europe's largest fleet of battery-electric buses. You can take a look at BYD's press release below for further details on Washington State's efforts.
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BYD Motors Wins America's Largest Electric Bus Order
Electric Bus leader wins 10 of 12 vehicle categories in 800 bus RFP

OLYMPIA, Wash., Sept. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- California's BYD Motors has been awarded what industry commentators are calling a "dominant" win in the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Heavy Duty Bus RFP that closed in August. The contract allows for up to 800 heavy duty buses from all different propulsion types that included 12 different categories for all-electric buses. The contract has the potential to be the most complete electric vehicle procurement in US history as it includes buses from 30 – 60 feet in length for both highway and transit applications, as well as long-range and shorter range, on-route charging configurations. BYD Motors being the only electric bus maker globally that manufactures 7 different all-electric buses, capable of long range as well as in-route charging configurations was awarded wins in 10 of the 12 available vehicle categories and has the ability to deliver any of their buses within six months. BYD is also the only bus manufacturer on the contract with wireless on route charging as an option approved by WSDOT. The mass procurement by WSDOT is being seen as a visionary move by Washington State, clearly establishing itself as one of the most environmentally conscious states nation wide. Any transit agency or public institution in Washington, as well as the state of Oregon, is now able to procure electric buses from the RFP, greatly simplifying the procurement process, and cleaning the air faster.

With the most comprehensive line up of electric buses BYD Coach & Bus, a division of Southern California electric vehicle manufacturer BYD Motors, Inc. finished the RFP process as the winner in 10 of 12 vehicle categories. BYD Coach & Bus Vice President of Sales Macy Neshati commented, "It is a tremendous honor to be have received such a vote of confidence from the Washington State DOT." Said Neshati, "WSDOT continues to show leadership in the transportation electrification movement and they stand out nationally for taking such a firm stance on air quality improvement. As a Nation, we are on the eve of greatness as we prepare to show the world the path to energy independence and this procurement will be seen as a key moment in the electrification of the U.S. transit industry; electric buses are no longer a science-fair project, with BYD now producing a long-range bus in nearly every category we have proven the technology is here to stay."




BYD Coach & Bus – BYD K7


BYD Coach & Bus – BYD with WAVE wireless charging


BYD Coach & Bus – BYD K9S


BYD Coach & Bus – BYD K9S with WAVE wireless charging


BYD Coach & Bus – BYD K9


BYD Coach & Bus – BYD K9 with WAVE wireless charging


BYD Coach & Bus – BYD K11


BYD Coach & Bus – BYD K11 with WAVE wireless charging


BYD Coach & Bus – BYD C10


BYD Coach & Bus – BYD C10 with WAVE wireless charging

Pictured Above: The 10 Categories of the WSDOT RFP BYD Motors won.

"Any of Washington State or Oregon's transit authorities, agencies, universities, or institutions are now able to procure electric buses from the approved list of makes and models without going through the cumbersome and time consuming RFP process. All that work has been done by WSDOT," stated WSDOT David Chenaur, Capital Programs Manager.

"Washington State has long been a leader in the clean-energy movement, and WSDOT is proud to be doing our part in furthering this mission on the transportation side of the equation. Our staff has spent the past few years researching every electric bus on the market, and after rigorous evaluations of each manufacturer and their products we believe we have given our transit authorities the very best electric buses in each vehicle category to build their fleet with."

BYD's Battery Electric bus employs many advanced technologies developed in-house by a staff of more than 15,000 R&D engineers including the BYD Iron-Phosphate battery which boasts the only 12-year-battery warranty in the industry. Combined with BYD's proprietary in-wheel hub motors and regenerative braking system, the BYD battery electric bus offers the lowest life cycle cost of ownership. The BYD electric bus delivers a host of operational and environmental benefits for public transit riders, bus operators and residents of the community – it is very quiet and ensures a comfortable ride without vibrations, jerks or the noise associated with the conventional buses and combustion engines. The bus can also drive for more than 155 miles even in heavy city traffic on a single charge. As of April 1st, 2015, BYD bus fleets have completed greater than 50 million miles "in revenue service" and have been evaluated by more than 150 cities in 36 countries around the world. To date, BYD has built over 5,000 electric buses globally, making it by far the most popular electric transit vehicle on the planet.

ABOUT BYD Motors Inc.:
BYD Motors Inc. is an American manufacturing company and a wholly-owned subsidiary of BYD Company Ltd, the largest domestic auto-manufacturer and electric-bus manufacturer in China. BYD is a publicly traded company, with the Hong Kong listed stock 60% of which is owned by U.S. investors, and Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway as the largest single shareholder at 9.9%. BYD Motors established its headquarters in downtown Los Angeles in October 2011 and has now hired over 180 Americans to support BYD Electric Bus and Energy Module factories in Lancaster, California as well as more than 40 American research and development and sales support personnel at the Los Angeles headquarters.

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