COMO Connect—a public bus system owned by the City of Columbia, Missouri, is expanding its fleet with three 30-ft, low-floor, all-electric transit buses from BYD. The buses have a range of 144 miles (232 km) per charge and can be recharged in only two to three hours.
COMO estimates that the emissions benefits of operating one all-electric bus is roughly equivalent to removing at least 70 passenger vehicles from the road daily.
These new all-electric buses match COMO Connect’s goals and vision for creating a transportation system for the future in Columbia. We leased an all-electric bus from BYD earlier as a demonstration and were very pleased with the results. The electric buses provided operational and fuel cost savings, were reliable on our service routes, and eliminated emissions thereby helping to improve our local air quality.—Drew Brooks, multi-modal manager for COMO Connect
The buses are equipped with BYD-designed and built iron-phosphate batteries, with 197 kWh capacity and a 12-year warranty, the industry’s longest electric battery warranty available.