BYD Brings Its Electric Truck And Bus Lineup To ACT Expo

BYD made a big splash at the Advanced Clean Transportation Expo in Long Beach, California this week by bringing its full lineup of battery electric heavy duty vehicles to the show. BYD builds a variety of buses and Class 8 trucks at its production facility in Lancaster, California. It uses proprietary iron phosphate battery technology that avoids the combustibility issues of lithium ion batteries.

BYD electric truck

Class 8 10 Ton Trash Truck

Trash trucks are some of the most highly polluting vehicles on the road. Virtually all of them are diesel powered and their stop/start/stop again operation means they burn tremendous quantities of diesel fuel. Thanks to Volkswagen, everyone today konws only too well the dangers of diesel emissions. Yet until recently, there was no better way to collect trash from city streets.

Now there is. The BYD 8R Electric Trash Truck has a 10 ton payload and a range of 76 miles. The company says it can save fleet operators $13,000 a year compared to a comparable diesel powered truck — $10,000 in lower fuel costs and $3,000 in lower maintenance expenses. The 8R employs regenerative braking to help recharge the battery during operation.

The company calculates the savings based on driving 60 miles a day, 5 days a week. Like the other vehicles BYD brought to the show, the 8R can be charged in from one to five hours. Charging rates from 40 kW to 200 kW rates are possible. The spec sheet provided by the company lists its maximum climb angle as 28 degrees. That is some steep hill and should make the 8R a natural choice for use in cities like San Francisco.

BYD K11 60 ft. Articulated Bus

BYD’s 60 ft. battery electric articulated bus is the latest addition to company’s line up of transit buses. It is the first of its kind in the U.S. and has 200 miles of range on a single charge. A full recharge takes about 3 hours. The 60 foot articulated bus joins other models from the company that range from 30 feet to 40 feet in length with a range of 275 miles.

BYD 8Y Battery Electric Terminal Tractor

Terminal tractors, sometimes known as drayage trucks, are used to move containers around in port facilities and transfer them short distances to cargo distribution hubs located away from the port. BYD’s class 8 terminal tractor provides 15 hours of continuous operation and offers operational cost savings of more than $27,000 annually, based on a 16 hours a day, seven days a week.

BYD All Electric ECB 25 Forklift

BYD is also targeting the other parts of the supply chain where fossil fuel emissions are a constant concern. The BYD ECB 25 battery electric forklift provides ultra fast charging that can be completed in two hours or less. The BYD electric forklift can run for two typical shifts on one charge and can be opportunity charged, whenever and wherever. The electric forklift also comes with BYD’s industry leading 10 year full replacement battery warranty.

When it comes to replacing emissions spewing heavy vehicles with clean electrically powered machines, BYD is leading the way.

Source: Fleet Owner


Steve Hanley

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