Sustainability

La.'s CATS to add 3 BYD battery-electric buses

Posted on March 15, 2018

BYD announced a new order that will see three American-made BYD K9S electric buses deployed in Baton Rouge, La., under the authority of the Capital Area Transit System (CATS) later this year.

“In every corner of the continent, we are witnessing rapid growth in the electrification of bus fleets,” said Macy Neshati, BYD sr. VP. “Whether you are looking at the hot and humid climates of the ‘Deep South,’ the wet weather of the Northwest or the frigid climates of the North, BYD buses are workhorses that can handle any condition.”

With a range of approximately 150 miles on a single charge and a capacity of up to 32 passengers, depending on configuration, the K9S is ideally suited for the needs of Baton Rouge. BYD buses are projected to cost roughly one dollar less per mile to operate than the typical diesel-powered bus. The new buses produce zero emissions and make oil changes a thing of the past. The proprietary BYD Iron-Phosphate battery is non-toxic, 100% recyclable, fire-safe, and incredibly long-cycled. In fact, BYD is the first and only electric bus manufacturer to offer a full 12-year warranty on batteries.

“We are excited to incorporate electric buses into our planned bus rapid transit projects in Baton Rouge,” said Bill Deville, CATS CEO. “These buses will allow us to see how we can use electric buses to reduce the impact of our fleet on our environment and also control costs.”

CATS, which operates 29 bus lines, provides bus service to residents of and visitors to Baton Rouge. To CATS leaders, the new buses constitute an important opportunity to innovate.

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