BYD Motors was 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 U.S. history as it includes buses from 30- to 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 seven 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 nationwide. 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.
"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,” said BYD Coach & Bus VP, Sales Macy Neshati. “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."