BYD will provide its electric buses to Dan Bus—the bus operator in Tel Aviv—via BYD’s local importer and distributor Clal Motors.
The aim of this trial is to replace approximately half of Dan Bus’s fleet, which now amounts to 1,300 buses and minibuses. Investment in the importation of electric buses to Israel is expected to amount to hundreds of NIS millions in the near future, subject to how well electric buses will suit to the local operating conditions.
The importation of electric buses in Israel is highly supported and encouraged by various governmental ministries, headed by Israeli transportation minister, Israel Kats, who guided the ministry of Transportation to remove restrictions that may delay the process of importation.
The 12-meter long BYD electric bus is able to run 250 km (155 miles) on a single charge in urban conditions. This allows a travelling range that is sufficient for one whole shift in the majority of Dan’s routes. The BYD electric bus features a lithium iron phosphate battery pack. The rear drive axle system integrates the wheel-hub drive and regenerative braking technologies. The AC charging system is BYD’s own newly developed technology for its electric vehicles. Since the AC charging system has a direct connection to the grid, it can not only charge the batteries but also transmit electricity into the grid from the batteries.
BYD electric buses are now in regular service and have been tested in several cities in China, Europe and North America, making BYD the largest battery-electric bus manufacturer in the world. The accumulated mileage achieved for BYD electric buses by the end of July 2012 has reached more than 8.23 million kilometers (or 5.1 million miles).