BYD announced a new order that will see two American-made BYD K9S electric buses delivered to the Fresno County Rural Transit Agency (FCRTA). The purchase was made possible through funding from the Fresno County Transportation Authority Measure C New Technology funds.
FCRTA will unveil a new Express Route that will provide transportation services for individuals that live in Fresno’s surrounding rural communities. The K9S electric buses will be exclusive to the new route due to its range of approximately 150 miles (241 km) on a single charge.
The K9S features a capacity of up to 32 passengers, depending on the precise configuration. The buses are projected to cost roughly $1.00 less per mile to operate than typical diesel-powered buses.
The proprietary BYD Iron-Phosphate battery that powers the K9S is manufactured in Lancaster, California. BYD is the first and only electric bus manufacturer to offer a 12-year warranty on its batteries.
FCRTA’s present fleet includes 4 electric vans (12 passenger) and 44 clean-burning vehicles, alternatively fueled by compressed natural gas in accordance with the Clean Air Act. The K9S buses from BYD will be the first full-sized electric transit buses in the fleet.
FCRTA currently operates 25 transit subsystems with more than 90 vehicles. The system serves 13 rural incorporated and 29 unincorporated communities throughout Fresno County. The transit agency provides scheduled, fixed-route services with designated bus stops along specific routes, as well as reservation-based, demand responsive service that offers curb-to-curb transportation for transit-dependent and rural, disadvantaged communities.