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Mitsui invests in bus battery leasing scheme

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 13:49 -- John Shepherd

A US$200 million credit facility to support a battery-leasing programme for electric buses in North America has been launched by Japanese chemicals company Mitsui & Co and automotive firm Proterra.

The companies said the initiative is expected to lower the upfront costs of zero-emission buses and make Proterra’s electric buses “roughly the same price as a diesel bus”.

California-based Proterra said bus operators can purchase a vehicle and lease its battery packs— based on lithium-ion technology co-developed with South Korea’s LG Chem— over the 12-year lifetime of the bus.

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BYD gets Georgia battery buses nod despite Trump’s trade feud

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 09:16 -- John Shepherd

Chinese batteries and buses maker BYD been pre-selected as a potential supplier of battery-electric buses to the state of Georgia— despite an escalating trade tariffs feud between the US and China.

BYD’s US arm is among firms chosen as a supplier for mass transit and transportation projects under Georgia’s ‘convenience state-wide contracts’ system.

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BYD invites Germany to ‘test drive’ LiFePO4 batteries

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 11:15 -- John Shepherd
BYD invites Germany to ‘test drive’ LiFePO4 batteries

Chinese battery giant BYD is inviting towns and cities in Germany to ‘test drive’ a fleet of new electric buses powered by the company’s LiFePO4 batteries.

The initiative is in partnership with Bavarian-based e-storage specialist Fenecon, which said the batteries give the buses “a range of about 300 kilometres travelling up to 70km per hour on a full load time of about five hours”.

 

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