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New York City Transit testing all-electric BYD bus

Posted on September 16, 2013

A prototype all-electric bus rolled out of the Michael J. Quill Depot on the West Side of Manhattan and performed a test run on the M42 line on Friday, September 13, 2013. Photo: Marc A. Hermann / MTA New York City Transit
A prototype all-electric bus rolled out of the Michael J. Quill Depot on the West Side of Manhattan and performed a test run on the M42 line on Friday, September 13, 2013. Photo: Marc A. Hermann / MTA New York City Transit
MTA New York City Transit is currently testing a new design of an all-electric bus manufactured by BYD. Scheduled to run for two months, the testing will evaluate the feasibility of using an all-electric vehicle along some of the City’s busiest bus routes.

The BYD all-electric bus runs strictly on a bank of electric powered batteries that can be charged and ready for service in as few as four hours.

“This test continues the MTA’s commitment to examine new, cleaner and more efficient bus propulsion technologies that include hybrids, CNG, clean diesel and now potentially all-electric battery drive,” said Darryl Irick, president of MTA Bus and sr. VP, MTA NYC Transit’s Department of Buses.

The test will determine if this type of bus can meet the twin challenges of operating in the stop-and-go traffic of Manhattan while maintaining high levels of passenger comfort and operational performance.

MTAPhotos/ Marc Hermann
MTAPhotos/ Marc Hermann
The current version of the bus has a stated operating range of 150 miles, according to manufacturer, BYD. The bus features a new battery technology of iron phosphate which promises to be more rugged. The idea that sparks the electric bus is a promise of a quieter, more energy efficient and cleaner bus with absolutely zero emissions.

This continues the recent testing of all-electric buses for New York City Transit, initiated with the testing of a bus from Complete Coachworks earlier this year. Although all-electric buses may not be practical for every type of operation, with these tests the agency hope to prove their practicality and efficiency for certain Manhattan routes.

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