BYD Reveals All-Electric Refuse Truck And Delivers 60-Foot Transit Bus

Chinese electric automaker BYD is adding to its U.S. offerings with a battery-electric refuse truck and 60-foot transit bus.

Shown at the ACT Expo in Long Beach, Calif., BYD said the class 8 truck is the first heavy-duty refuse truck built by an original equipment manufacturer that’s 100 percent battery electric. The company said the truck is now available for purchase and delivery in North America.

The garbage-hauling truck has 76 miles of range with minimal battery degradation. The Chinese vehicle maker says that comes through its proprietary iron phosphate battery. The 10 ton payload truck is being built at the company’s Lancaster, Calif., facility and has passed U.S. and Canadian safety requirements.

BYD said it will achieve $10,309 in annual fuel savings and $3,003 in annual maintenance savings compared to conventional refuse trucks.

The company also announced that delivery of North America’s first 60-foot articulated battery electric transit bus has been made to Antelope Valley Transit Authority. It’s part of the Los Angeles county-based transit agency’s goal to convert its bus fleet to electrification by 2018.

Built at the Lancaster factory, it was the first of AVTA’s order of 13 of these 60-foot BYD electric buses.

The bus provides up to 200 miles per charge and can carry up to 60 passengers. Full recharging takes between two-to-three hours.

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Electric transit buses had been the focus of BYD’s North American market presence, but more electric vehicles with commercial and fleet applications have been coming to market. Along with the refuse truck, BYD displayed at ACT Expo medium-duty electric cab chassis offerings.

Electric forklifts are another part of the North America vehicles offered, and the e6 electric sedan for taxi operators.

The North American division now has nearly 600 employees at the Lancaster plant.

The company announced that workers there recently completed a card-check vote, which it says is an important step toward unionization.


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