If an especially quiet silver-and-black bus rolls up to your stop, rest assured… it’s a real TriMet bus! Well, at least for a while it is. Starting June 23, an all-electric test bus will join the fleet for about two weeks as we try out the latest in environmentally friendly bus technology.
BYD electric bus facts:
- Battery lasts up to 24 hours
- Charges in 2-4 hours
- No transmission or internal-combustion engine
- Battery is disposable and pollution-free
- Zero emissions
The zero-emissions, American-made bus will run on various TriMet routes between June 23 and July 3, providing extra trips between scheduled service on weekdays. (It doesn’t have a fare box, so rides will be free!)
On loan from the manufacturer, BYD Motors, Inc., this bus can go 24 hours on a single charge, and the battery is disposable and pollution-free. Initial testing also suggests a big cost savings on fuel and maintenance compared to diesel, compressed natural gas and hybrid-electric buses—even other electric buses.
As the Portland area moves toward more renewable sources of energy, we’re exploring other fuel-efficient options for our bus fleet.
We’ve applied for a grant from the Federal Transit Administration to purchase nine all-electric vehicles and charging stations. This test is an opportunity for us to “kick the tires.”
Have you ridden the BYD electric bus? We’d love to hear your feedback! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503-238-RIDE (7433) option 5.
Here’s a great video from our friends over at portlandtransport.com: