The Los Angeles Department of Transportation ordered 130 BYD K7M buses, the largest single order of battery-electric buses in the United States. The purchase was announced in November at the California Transit Association’s annual Fall Conference in Monterey. LADOT plans to convert its entire fleet to zero-emission buses by 2030.
BYD said it has sold more than 460 electric buses to airports, universities, private operators and transit agencies in southern California.
In recent months BYD said it has received an order for 40 K9M 40-foot buses from LA Metro, which previously ordered 60 buses. The City of Long Beach ordered 14 K9Ms and Anaheim Resort Transportation ordered 40 buses, a combination of BYD K7M, K9M and K11M models.
BYD delivered a 60-foot K11 bus, the first of 20, to Los Angeles World Airports, and the first of 30 C10 motorcoaches the Antelope Valley Transit Authority.
BYD will soon make its 400th battery-electric bus delivery in North America. It will go to the Los Angeles World Airports. The buses will be built at BYD’s Coach & Bus factory in Lancaster, California.
In December BYD’s European base in Rotterdam announced the sale of 259 electric buses to Keolis Nederland BV, which provides public transit to the IJssel-Vecht region of the Netherlands. BYD said it was the largest order for electric buses in Europe. The company also said the headquarters in Rotterdam, a major port city, “has provided BYD with a staging post to extend its European activities.”