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Enter your message here, then click a€?Senda€? button to send to the contact person of this company. The Model S P90D is the fastest-accelerating production sedan on the market when equipped with the Spaceballs-inspired Ludicrous mode. After talking with BYD at Solar Power International last month, BYD invited CleanTechnica over for an inside look at the latest and greatest creations from BYD at their Lancaster, California, electric bus factory. We have covered many of the new contracts and innovations related to BYD’s buses on CleanTechnica, but what sets them apart? With wireless charging, a big concern is efficiency, as power is lost just transferring the power to the vehicle — BYD shared that the efficiency is in the high 90s, which sounds like a good start. One innovation that really leverages those onboard inverters and, in my opinion, takes BYD’s buses to the next level in a completely new way is a breakthrough project they’re working on with a few federal agencies here in the US to use their buses as a HUGE, distributed grid-scale battery (GSB). Another great feature that showcases the flexibility of electric drive buses, BYD is able to throttle govern their transit buses for safety. It starts with instant torque in a bus with HUGE motors designed to carry a full load of 60 adults. To allow for all of the customization possibilities, BYD buses start by welding up a naked steel frame to which aluminum sides are attached through a proprietary process, then framed up with fiberglass panels and windows.
After the buses are wired up, they move on to the paint booth where they can get decked out with whatever designs the customer spec’d out.
At this point, the buses look ready to go but are missing the drive mechanics and batteries.
It’s obvious from seeing the factory that BYD has put in a ton of effort to perfect their buses and to bring their buses to North America.
BYD has announced an aggressive growth strategy for it Lancaster factory over the next 3 years.
BYD’s North American President Stella Li has shared that, as battery prices come down, BYD will be ready to move into the consumer car market in America. Keep up to date with all the hottest cleantech news by subscribing to our (free) cleantech newsletter, or keep an eye on sector-specific news by getting our (also free) solar energy newsletter, electric vehicle newsletter, or wind energy newsletter. Kyle Field I'm a tech geek passionately in search of actionable ways to reduce the negative impact my life has on the planet, save money and reduce stress. I can only hope it will be emblematic of his many successes and not so much his light sweet crude rail hauling empire via BNSF and Union Tank Car.
The point here is that our public commons (public transportation) is getting more uncommon through special interest and political clout. 12 years is the average lifespan of a city bus so a 12 year warranty should make purchase departments happy. Have you looked at the Proterra bus which uses a smaller battery pack and charges while on route?

This sounds more like a sales spiel for BYD than an analysis on the feasibility of EV buses. The real issue is that cities are getting less money from state and federal funding sources. The $10,000 option sucks the most from the car’s two asynchronous AC motors and 90 kWh battery pack, delivering a zero-to-60-mph time of just 2.8 seconds.
Zach covered the launch of the facility back in May of 2013 on our sister site EV Obsession and we were eager to take a look inside to see first-hand what they’ve been working on. This means that they can charge at bus stops or at a bus depot while the driver takes their mandated break, etc, with a goal of being able to run continuously. The company seems to have thought through every detail and optimized every part of the equation. Imagine a fleet of 20 or 40 electric buses that are just running their normal routes (with 500 kWh worth of batteries in each) and a hurricane hits, taking out power to the city. Some gasmobiles are regulated with a governer that ensures the driver doesn’t exceed a speed limit set by the company, agency, or area. There are a few base models, then options upon options to choose from, such as passenger capacity, range, colors, integrated fire suppression, paint jobs, etc. The bus is wired up and fitted with interior panels and insulation to keep out the road noise. These are the rail tank cars, along with UTEX et al that have exploded in Canada, North Dakota, and Illinois. If bus fares stay the same or get cheaper and more people take the bus instead of driving cars, maybe it will be fine. A good assumption is that the buyer for a municipality is learned and has weighed the options for technology type selection before going forward. Where the technology provider is part of the upfront decision making team slyly contracted with the municipality. Without making a sound, the car throws your head back and triggers a tickle in your stomach. This bodes well for the area (yay, cleantech jobs!) and for the electrification of US transportation. As if that weren’t impressive enough, they then charged the buses back up (they can fully charge the bus in as fast as 1 hour!) and ran them again until they were empty over and over for a full 24 hours for a total of 746 miles. This has already been approved in forward-thinking Washington as part of a recently announced contract. City officials can then take their normal city bus fleet, school bus fleet, and local long-distance buses (because they’re all BYD electric buses, right?) and, using the aforementioned onboard inverters, plug them directly into the city’s AC power grid at a predetermined location (hence the advance federal emergency response planning requirement) and restore power to select portions of the city grid for emergency response activities, running off of the juice stored in the buses. We were able to see quite a few of the variants BYD offers as we walked around the factory.

Most of this train traffic is going through Chicagoland as Bakken crude is carried to east coast refineries. That’s the difference between effectively engineering a solution and simply out hawking technology of a specific supplier as salesman. This has the potential to not only marry emergency preparedness and city transit, but really takes emergency preparedness to the next level. Yeah, I didn’t either, but you probably did see that single passenger get thrown from his seat to the back of the bus as you peeled rubber away from that stop sign (in a bus!). As the US is less interesting in investing public funds in things like infrastructure and public transit, these partnerships have become more commonplace. US DoT and DoE heavily pushed this effort during the depth of the financial crises in the US. Penny Pritzker’s, US Secretary of Commerce, family owned Marmon Group who held Union tank car that was recently sold to Berkshire Hathaway and put under BNSF.
Infrastructure (and education for that matter) are being taken out of the public hands and being put into the hands of the private.
There was also quite a bit of support from former Governor Arnold Swarzenegger and current Governor Jerry Brown to court BYD and woo them into coming to California. All of the high-tech charging equipment is always on board, which allows the stationary electrical vehicle service equipment (EVSE) that is also included in the purchase of each bus is merely a straight pass-through of AC power from the grid (AC) to the bus.
Their buses are insanely powerful, and to ensure that their buses are safe at any speed with any load, they are throttle governed. Apparently a handful of government department secretaries (transportation and energy) are moving over to private partners these days. Developed by representatives from more than 100 private- and public-sector organizations, the Standardization Roadmap aspires to maximize coordination among those developing standards for electric vehicles – primarily plug-in electric vehicles (both battery-powered all-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids) – and the charging infrastructure needed to support them.The publication considers issues that are integral to consumer adoption of EVs such as safety, performance, and interoperability.
This is a massive advantage, as it allows buyers to install many more of the inexpensive EVSEs than needed to offer more flexibility for their fleet. It describes relevant standards, codes, and regulations that already exist or that are in development, and gaps where new or revised standards would prove useful.
Gaps are prioritized as needing to be addressed in the next two years (near-term), two to five years (mid-term), or more than five years (long-term). Standards developing organizations and others that may be able to take up the recommendations are noted.

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