BYD launches world’s longest pure electric bus

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New option from China’s BYD is firmly targeted at Bus Rapid Transit

BYD has unveiled the K12A in Shenzhen, which it says is the first 27m pure electric bi-articulated bus to be built.

Designed for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems and with a passenger capacity of 250 people, it is the longest vehicle of its type in the world and can travel at a maximum speed of 70km/h.

It is equipped with a distributed 4WD (four wheel drive) system that can switch between 2WD and 4WD smoothly to meet the demands of different terrains, and will also lower the vehicle’s overall energy consumption.

“Today, BYD once again uses its core technology, reliable products and innovative solutions to solve the two great urban ills of congestion and pollution,” Stella Li, Senior Vice President of BYD said.

“The K12A will bring zero emissions to BRT systems, allowing passengers to enjoy quiet, pollution-free travel, while at the same time saving significant maintenance costs for operators.”

The BYD K12A is capable of carrying 250 people and has a range of almost 300km. BYD
The BYD K12A is capable of carrying 250 people and has a range of almost 300km. BYD

The bus is equipped with DC and AC charging ports that can be switched freely to meet customer requirements.

One charge can last almost 300km so the bus is capable of meeting a full day’s operation.

“I’m confident that BYD’s super-long pure electric buses are the future of BRT systems, and that the company’s strength is a measure of China’s solid industrial strength,” said Luis Carlos Moreno, CEO of Express, one of the BYD’s major clients in Colombia.

“On this trip to Shenzhen, I’ve seen that the city’s public buses are already 100% electrified, and I firmly believe that electrification is a future global trend.”

To date, BYD has delivered more than 50,000 pure electric buses to its global partners.

In particular, its vehicles (more than 10m) rank number one worldwide in terms of total sales, holding a dominant share in the pure electric bus market in the US, Latin America and Europe.

To respond to orders across the globe, BYD is building a more complete R&D and production presence, and has set up factories for pure electric commercial vehicles in China, the US, Brazil, Hungary, and France.

BYD’s new energy vehicles are operating in more than 300 cities in 50 countries and regions across all six continents.


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