In the coming weeks, I will be putting together a post about the BYD (Build Your Dreams) Motors E-Bus. This battery electric bus has been in revenue service at a few transit agencies across the US and the company hopes to be able to expand further in the coming years. This week, the bus was in St. Petersburg and Tampa to showcase what they have to offer to both the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority and the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority. While both agencies remain skeptical about whether battery electric buses will work on their systems one thing remains clear, that as the upfront cost of these buses go down, and the better the battery technology gets – allowing for longer ranges of travel, the better the chances that more transit agencies will try these buses out, and perhaps even purchase them. My fellow transit blogger Zac – also known as Transit 509 – previously blogged about the BYD E-Bus while a previous model was doing trial runs in Spokane and in the Tri-Cities area of Washington (State).
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