BYD recently announced the delivery of three more all-electric buses produced in the United States to Baton Rouge’s Capital Area Transit System (CATS).
The zero-emission, smooth-riding K8M 35-foot buses were constructed by BYD at its Coach & Bus Manufacturing facility in Lancaster, California. Each car has a 435kWh LFP battery that can be fully charged in three hours.
The most recent delivery was the final installment of a nine-vehicle purchase by CATS from BYD, the world’s biggest electric-vehicle manufacturer. CATS, which provides transit service across Louisiana’s capital city, has committed to increasing its zero-emission bus fleet to at least 50% of the total number of vehicles it operates.
“We care about reducing emissions and protecting the environment. The more electric vehicles we have, the better it will be for all of us,” said Dwana Williams, CATS Interim Chief Executive Officer.
BYD’s collaboration with the transit agency earned CATS the Louisiana Clean Fuels organization’s “Rising Star” award. According to the US Transportation Department, each American-built, zero-emission BYD bus saves roughly 1,690 tons of CO2 over its 12-year lifespan.
“We’re proud to support CATS’ commitment to providing zero-emission transit in Baton Rouge, with all-electric buses that are made here in the United States and employ technology that is revolutionizing the industry,” said Patrick Duan, BYD’s Senior Vice President of Operations.
The K8M 35-foot buses also are noted for their reliability and smooth, quiet ride. Each has a 32-passenger seating capacity and a 28-passenger standing capacity.
“Our passengers love the new vehicles,” CATS’ Williams said. “They’re amazed at how the buses look, how quiet they are, and how nice the ride is.”