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COMO Connect adds 3 BYD electric buses to fleet

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.



...can be recharged in only 2 to 3 hours...

Imaging having to inform the passengers that they will have to take an extended 3 hour lunch every 144 miles or so?

BYD better make it with 400+ kWh battery pack to run for at least 4+ hours before an extended rest/lunch stop?

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