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Wireless, en route charging plan for BYD battery buses in US

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 12:10 -- John Shepherd
Wireless, en route charging plan for BYD battery buses in US

Electric buses built by Chinese batteries and automotive manufacturer BYD are to be powered en route along roads in the US city of Indianapolis by inductive charging.

BYD, public transit operator IndyGo and Momentum Dynamics, have partnered for the programme to install three 300-kilowatt inductive charging points in the city— claimed to be the highest capacity system of its kind implemented anywhere.

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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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