I rented two of these for my wedding a couple months back, and they were the (secondary?) stars of the show. Guests loved them.*Video I made on the NFI Electric Buses*
Battery Electric buses are definitely the future and we wish they got more press coverage. We took a ride on the TTCs Electric bus from New Flyer and we talk all about it in our latest video! If you enjoy consider subscribing!
BYD has had a few high-profile negative stories regarding its buses.What do you know or foresee the challenge with BYD to be?
With the debate about full electrification timetables out of the way, Metro is moving ahead with its plans for ordering 120 battery buses this year:
In 2017, Constantine and Metro General Manager Rob Gannon called on the industry to invest more in battery-electric options, including the creation of coaches that could travel farther and handle the varying terrain requirements of the region.New Flyer, based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada with four manufacturing plants in the U.S., stepped up to the challenge, producing both a 40-foot and 60-foot battery-electric bus that met Metro’s specifications and timeline needs. These long-range battery-electric buses can travel approximately 140 miles on a single charge. The 11 existing short-range battery-electric buses in Metro’s fleet are 40 feet long and can travel 23 miles before requiring a 10-minute charge
Metro announced the vision of buying 120 electric buses back in 2017. At the time, Proterra seemed to be in the lead (Metro operates a few Proterra buses on the Eastside) but New Flyer – which provides 60′ articulated coaches for LA Metro – seems to have won the bake off.
Buses will be run out of a temporary base while Metro brings online a permanent electric base.
This is all good news, of course, but it still saddens me that we seem to have stalled out on running new trolley wire in this city. Trolleys have their quirks, for sure, but they don’t require heavy batteries strapped to them and can climb hills quite well.