Long Beach Transit (LBT), a longstanding customer of BYD’s, will purchase an additional 14 K9M 40-foot, battery-electric transit buses from the company.
LBT’s board voted to increase the number of BYD buses in its fleet from 10 to 24. The agency purchased its first BYD buses in 2015.
The battery-electric, zero-emission K9M has 37 seats, a range of 155 miles, and can be rapidly charged in 4.5 to 5 hours.
The buses will be built at BYD’s Coach & Bus factory in Lancaster, Calif. With this purchase, BYD has now sold more than 470 electric buses to customers in Southern California including airports, universities, private operators, and transit agencies.