Los Angeles ordered the largest in U.S. history batch of electric buses

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Los Angeles ordered the largest in U.S. history batch of electric buses

Park public transport Los Angeles will be richer by 155 electric buses. Some of them will be transferred to the city in March of this year. 25 will go on routes this summer, while the other will start its operation in 2021.

130 copies – the buses of the Chinese company BYD, model K7M. They have a length of 9.4 meters and a passenger capacity to 22 (+1) place. Specified by the manufacturer the reserve is 135 miles (217 km), it is provided by battery capacity of 195.6 kWh. the movement of the bus lead two electric motors 90 kW (400 Nm) each.

Such transport is made not in China, and the local plant of the company in the Californian city of Lancaster. 70% of the components used in the manufacture of the buses are of American origin.

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Other 25 buses will provide the American company Proterra, whose main office is also located in California (Burlingame).

The location for the announcement of partial transition to electric transportation was the courtyard of the new complex for maintenance of buses, which is owned by the Los Angeles transportation Department (LADOT). Here can be placed up to 70 buses at a time. Shelters include solar panels and charging stations. By the way, the charging process of the battery K7M bus from the terminal to the appropriate power lasts 2.5 to 3 hours.

To convert entire bus fleet to electric is the goal, the execution of which was scheduled for 2030. But then the process has decided to speed up, making 2028 the priority th. This is the year Los Angeles will be hosting the Olympic and Paralympic games.

Now Park city has 370 buses, which are used as fuel compressed natural gas. It is estimated that through the use 130 buses to electric ones to reduce emissions will be on 8225 tons per year. That is, for 12 years, and that is how much warranty is valid from BYD on battery, it will be 98700 tons. This figure means a reduction in emissions (compared to existing bus LADOT) is 81%.

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