Who Says Electric Can’t Live Large?

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Apr 10, 2014

Conventional wisdom says electric is fine for cars in cities, but not for hauling loads or going long-distances. Wisdom is seldom conventional.

The 12 meter BYD ebus logged a 202 mile service range in trials with Copenhagen Denmark bus operator City-Trafik. Last week, the ebus completed a normal service run on Route 12, a total distance of 68.4 miles, while carrying an average of 40 passengers. After completing its route, the bus set off along the Ballerup highway for a further distance of 133.6 miles. At the end of its run the bus had clocked a total of 202 miles with 8% of battery charge remaining — all on a single charge.

A second trial of an ebus in Copenhagen with the city’s other operator Arriva produced a no less impressive result. The bus completed an arduous full day of city operation – 93 miles – from 06:00 to 16:50, operating fully loaded and with the electric heating system in constant use. The bus was then taken on a 56 mile motorway run and again ended up with a 8% charge remaining, covering a total distance of 149miles on a single charge.

The two ebuses have been in service in Copenhagen since the beginning of January, in the hands of Movia’s two service providers City-Trafik and Arriva. The bus, specially equipped to handle the rigors of the Scandinavian winter, has performed well — breaking all previous BYD ebus records. Last year an ebus achieved 189 miles using only 69% of total charge between the Polish cities of Warsaw and Krackow.

Operating costs for the buses are lower than gas-powered buses – electricity costs are only 20% of equivalent fuel costs in Denmark.

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About The Author - Jeremy Smithson

Started Puget Sound Solar in 2001 with 30 years of construction contracting experience, and a desire to turn Seattle on to solar energy. Achieving NABCEP certification in 2004, Jeremy believes that our customers often follow a path similar to the one he took, starting out with solar daydreaming, then progressing to education on the subject, and eventually leading to action. In addition to leading the company he also does some teaching and speaking engagements about various aspects of solar energy, and experiments relentlessly with various solar, energy efficiency, and electric vehicle projects.

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