BYD has introduced its Type A battery electric school bus which offers vehicle-to-grid technology, allowing the vehicle to serve as a power storage resource when it is not transporting students. The Type A can seat up to 30, and can be equipped with wheelchair lift. It has a range of up to 140 miles on a single charge.
“BYD’s Type A battery electric school bus is designed to be there for school districts 24 hours a day, both as a vehicle and power storage resource,” said Stella Li, President of BYD North America. “The BYD combination of top-notch safety features, innovative design and reliable performance makes this a practical and highly affordable zero-emission solution.”
Standard safety features include a high strength steel body, electronic stability control, and an electronic braking system to ensure more evenly distributed brake force. In addition, the bus features BYD’s Predictive Stop Arm, which monitors approaching traffic and notifies students as they exit the bus when it is safe to cross.
Available in three lengths, the bus can be equipped with three-point seatbelts, integrated child seats, and portable restraints.