BYD, the domestic carmaker, has gained a foothold in the North American market, with its junk carriers and mid-sized commercial vehicles particularly popular with consumers. On Wednesday, BYD officials announced that they had signed the largest order for electric buses in North American history with the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) — or 130 K7M models.
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The K7M is 30 feet long and has 22 seats and a range of up to 150 miles, allowing it to be recharged in three hours. “We applaud LADOT’s prescientness, ambition, and vision for improving air quality in Los Angeles,” Stella Li, PRESIDENT of BYD North America, said in a press release. BYD buses will be an important part of the city’s sustainable development goals. We are honored to work with this agency to realize our green dream of environmental protection. “
In fact, as early as July 2017, LADOT decided to purchase 60 zero-emission pure electric buses from BYD’s Lancaster plant in California under a base contract of $44.96 million. The electric buses will be available for “silver line” transportation in Los Angeles County. In order to make the “Orange Line” and “Silver Line” two bus lines on the bus will be fully electric in 2020 and 2021, respectively.