Chinese automaker BYD has recently delivered an electric bus to the Indianapolis transportation provider IndyGo. The BYD electric bus delivered will be the first of 13 total buses ordered by the agency to be received.
The 60-foot articulated BYD electric bus, the K11, is planned for use on the 13.1-mile Red Line between Broad Ripple on the north side of the city and the University of Indianapolis on the south side. The K11 is expected to help bring cleaner and quieter transportation to the city.
IndyGo will use 1 MW solar installation system mounted atop their garage in order to provide the electricity required to power the BYD electric bus.
BYD provided the following information in regards to the K11:
“This K11 will serve IndyGo’s Red Line, a 13.1-mile route that runs between Broad Ripple on the north side of the city and the University of Indianapolis on the south side, offering more frequent service and longer hours than current routes. The Red Line is the densest corridor in terms of population and employment within Marion County,
The bus purchases are part of IndyGo’s plans to replace all its diesel buses with electric models by 2032; reducing pollution and operating costs, while improving service for Indianapolis residents and visitors.”
“By using electric buses, IndyGo will reduce noise and its use of diesel fuel and the emissions that come from it. At least some of the energy required to charge the buses will be derived from a 1 megawatt solar system mounted atop IndyGo’s garage.
BYD was the first firm in the world to design and manufacture a 60-foot battery-electric bus. The K11 is an affordable, dependable, and American-manufactured bus that can integrate easily into a transit fleet, offering a clean, zero-emission alternative to diesel-fueled buses. The K11 is powered by revolutionary iron-phosphate batteries that are non-toxic and environmentally friendly. The safest in the industry, the batteries come with a 12-year warranty, and BYD was the first to offer such a plan.”
BYD currently has over 35,000 buses in service across 200 cities, 50 countries and six continents around the world.