[Oeva-list] Fwd: Tomorrow: electric bus sneak preview at Beaverton Transit Center

Gary Graunke gary at whitecape.org
Fri Jun 20 17:02:40 PDT 2014

I stopped by the Beaverton Transit Center, saw the bus, and talked to the
Tri-Met folks and BYD representative.

The bus has 325 KWH of LiFePO batteries (about 4 Tesla S P85 worth), giving
it about 110 to 140 miles of range on a full charge. The battery voltage is
500+ volts. There are 3 separate battery packs. 
Tri-Met brochure says it lasts 24 hours in service (depends on route, of
course), and charges in 2-4 hours. 
The twin 90 KW motors propel the bus, giving it better acceleration up to 30
mph, a bit slower after that. However, these motors are the smallest
available, and there are two more powerful ones available.
The motor controllers (inverters) also provide charging when supplied with
480 3-phase at 100A via two charging ports. The bus comes with an EVSE, but
the inverters are the on-board chargers. 
The bus has an air suspension that can "kneel" (drop down the body of the
bus a few inches). Just like a Tesla S! :-)

The bus is built in Lancaster, California. 

A competing bus is made by South Carolina company Proterra. It uses a
smaller pack and DC quick charging. 

Looks like a very nice design to me--the batteries are already good enough
for many Tri-met routes, and getting better each year by 10% or so. BYD is a
battery company--the bus is the easy part.

I'll forward pics to Pat so we can post them to the web (but not fill up
your email inbox). 


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Check out the new BYD Electric Bus tomorrow!


Chris Arnesen

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Tomorrow: electric bus sneak preview at Beaverton Transit Center
Date: 19.06.2014 13:58
 From: "TriMet Riders Club" <ridersclub at emailupdates.trimet.org>
To: chris at darkstarpro.com
Reply-To: ridersclub at emailupdates.trimet.org


You're invited to a special Riders Club sneak preview of an electric
transit bus on Friday, June 20, at Beaverton Transit Center.

Come kick the tires and talk to staff from TriMet and BYD, the bus
manufacturer. You can also sign up to go on a test ride over the noon

WHAT: Electric Bus Sneak Preview and Test Ride
WHEN: Friday, June 20
WHERE: Beaverton Transit Center

11 a.m.-noon: Bus viewing and Q&A
Noon-1 p.m.: Test ride (seating is limited, PLEASE RSVP)
1 p.m.-3 p.m.: Bus viewing and Q&A

Starting Monday, the test bus will join the TriMet fleet for about two
weeks as we try out the latest in environmentally friendly bus
technology. Learn more about the electric bus test

  		1800 SW 1st Ave., Suite 300, Portland, OR 97201
  		trimet.org * m.trimet.org * 503-238-RIDE (7433)

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