IndyGo, the largest public transportation provider in the state of Indiana, and BYD announced the delivery of the first K11 60-foot battery-electric bus to serve Indianapolis. The bus is the first of 13 ordered for the Red Line by IndyGo.
This K11 will serve IndyGo’s Red Line, a 13.1-mile route that runs between Broad Ripple on the north side of the city and the University of Indianapolis on the south side, offering more frequent service and longer hours than current routes. The Red Line is the densest corridor in terms of population and employment within Marion County.
The bus purchases are part of IndyGo’s plans to replace all its diesel buses with electric models by 2032. By using electric buses, IndyGo will reduce noise and its use of diesel fuel and the emissions that come from it. At least some of the energy required to charge the buses will be derived from a 1 megawatt solar system mounted atop IndyGo’s garage.
BYD was the first firm to design and manufacture a 60-foot battery-electric bus. The K11 is an affordable, dependable, and American-manufactured bus that can integrate easily into a transit fleet, offering a clean, zero-emission alternative to diesel-fueled buses.
BYD North America also recently announced its joint venture with Generate Capital, Inc., a leading financier, owner, and operator of distributed infrastructure, to launch the first electric bus leasing program of its kind in the United States. With its North American headquarters in Los Angeles, the firm is also the first electric bus manufacturer with a unionized workforce at its facility of more than 800 employees in Lancaster, California.