Altoona Testing of First 40-foot, Zero-Emissions Electric Rapid Transit Bus is Complete

  Altoona Testing of First 40-foot, Zero-Emissions Electric Rapid Transit Bus
  is Complete

  The BYD Electric Bus is first 40-foot electric bus to complete the Federal
                  Transit Administration’s sponsored testing

Business Wire

ALTOONA, Pa. -- May 27, 2014

The Altoona Bus Research and Testing Center under the Larson Institute and
sponsored by the Federal Transit Administration  (FTA), last week completed
the FTA’s “new model bus testing program” of the first 40-foot, all-electric
bus. The BYD Electric Bus has successfully completed the Altoona structural
integrity testing program in a fast 116 track days *with full reports
published soon. This is the world’s first and only long-range battery electric
transit bus in mass production and the only bus capable of driving
continuously for up to 24 hours on-a-single-charge that has also received TVM
approvals and qualified for FTA funded projects.

The First 40-foot, Zero-Emissions, Battery-Electric, Rapid Transit Bus -- The
BYD electric bus (the ...

The First 40-foot, Zero-Emissions, Battery-Electric, Rapid Transit Bus -- The
BYD electric bus (the one pictured was American-made in BYD's Lancaster, CA
factory) (Photo: Business Wire)

“The Altoona staff were professional and accommodating guiding BYD through the
process and ensuring all testing met the Federal standards. The FTA were
supportive of our efforts to ensure that this vehicle, the first 40-foot,
all-electric bus to be tested met the North American standards and was
properly tested within the guidelines. BYD will commence shortly with the
testing of the BYD 60-foot Bus-Rapid-Transit (BRT) style all-electric bus at
Altoona, another first for the Transit Industry,” said BYD Motors President
Stella Li. “We believe that our 40-foot bus is one of the most structurally
sound transit buses on roads today. Yet like all manufacturers, our engineers
found ways, through this testing, to make improvements to ensure the sort of
long-lasting quality BYD has become known for.” BYD’s electric bus has no
transmission, clutches or drive train but has instead two robust
in-wheel-drive motors powered by batteries on board the bus.  BYD sees this
recent accomplishment as the first of many, in what will be a long and
productive relationship with the Altoona Bus Testing and Research Center. The
40 foot BYD Electric Bus is just the first of three different size options
that will be offered to the United States for the 2014/2015 deliveries. Next
at Altoona will be the 60-foot articulated BYD All-Electric bus.

About BYD

BYD Motors Inc is an American manufacturing company and a wholly-owned
subsidiary of BYD Company Ltd, the largest domestic auto-manufacturer and
electric-bus manufacturer in the world. BYD is a publicly traded company, with
the Hong Kong listed stock 60% of which is owned by U.S. investors, and Warren
Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway as the largest single shareholder at 9.9%.

BYD Motors established its headquarters in downtown Los Angeles in October
2011 and has now hired over 60 Americans to support BYD Electric Bus and
Energy Module factories in Lancaster, California which will be delivering
their first electric buses next month. There are also over 25 American
research and development and sales support personnel at the Los Angeles
headquarters. BYD expects to create 100 new jobs by the end of this year, with
200 by the end of next year all devoted to building BYD's breakthrough battery
technologies enabling zero-emission, electric buses, higher utility fleet
delivery vehicles, taxis and longer lasting batteries than any other
manufacturer in the U.S.

As the world's largest manufacturer of rechargeable batteries, BYD's mission
is to create safer and more environmentally-friendly battery technologies.
This has resulted in the BYD Iron Phosphate Battery, a fire-safe, completely
recyclable, and incredibly long-cycle technology -- the foundation of BYD's
clean energy platforms. The technology BYD has brought to the U.S. has been
touted as break-through with the following distinctions:

  *BYD Electric buses run entirely off battery power lasting up to 24 hours
    on a single charge, with single off-peak charging time of 2-4 hours.
  *Buses run entirely off of batteries, with NO transmissions, clutches, or
    an internal-combustion engine.
  *40-foot buses can hold up to 60 passengers, (60-foot articulated buses
    carry 90 passengers) and are designed with low floors without any steps,
    made possible with in-wheel hub motors, making it elderly and disability
    friendly.
  *Battery chemistry is environmentally friendly, making it disposable and
    pollution-free with zero-emissions.
  *Due to its track record for superior technology, BYD has won the most
    contracts for battery-electric buses in the World and the United States.
  *BYD has globally produced more battery-electric buses than any other
    manufacturer with over 1,300 buses worldwide.
  *BYD's battery electric bus has been tested for more North American miles
    at more Transit Authorities than any other electric bus.
  *A single BYD Electric Buses has the ability to save 2.77 trees per day,
    literally a forest each month on U.S. roads in Carbon Dioxide offsets.

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Contact:

BYD Company Ltd
Contacts in China:
Sherry Li, +86-755-8988-8888-69666
pr@byd.com
or
In the United States:
Micheal Austin, 800-BYD-AUTO
micheal.austin@byd.com
or
In Europe:
Penny Peng, +31-102070888
penny.peng@byd.com
 
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