BYD recently delivered five electric buses to the Vineyard Transit Authority (VTA) in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts; a sixth is scheduled to be delivered by the end of the July. VTA had placed the order for the buses in August 2017.
The six-bus order comprised four BYD K9S 35-foot models and two K7 30-foot models. The BYD buses will replace six diesel buses as part of the VTA’s plan to convert its fleet. The VTA announced it will purchase an additional four BYD buses.
VTA is the first transit agency in Massachusetts to commit to going all-electric. This delivery is a milestone for both VTA and our state to begin the shift of electrification.—Angie Grant, Administrator of Vineyard Transit Authority
VTA selected BYD to manufacture its first set of electric buses based on BYD’s battery warranty, mile range and selection of sizes and models, which accommodate Martha’s Vineyard’s road network.
The proprietary BYD Iron-Phosphate batteries that power the K7 and K9S are manufactured in Lancaster, California. BYD is the first and only electric bus manufacturer to offer a 12-year warranty on its batteries.
VTA was able to purchase the electric buses through several Federal and State grants received last year. In addition, the VTA is installing solar canopies and received a grant that is part of the Baker-Polito Administration’s Energy Storage Initiative, Advancing Commonwealth Energy Storage program. This program will allow the VTA to store renewable energy made during the daytime to charge the buses at night.
VTA provides services to six towns in the Martha’s Vineyard region: Aquinnah, Chilmark, Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, Tisbury and West Tisbury. The transit agency provides fourteen routes both scheduled and fixed throughout the island of Martha’s Vineyard, and provides 1.4 million rides a year.