BYD to Supply 3 Additional Electric Buses to Columbia, Missouri

BYD has sold an additional three electric buses to the City of Columbia, Missouri.

These American-made vehicles are in addition to the four units previously supplied to the city, thus nearly doubling Central Missouri municipality’s electric fleet.

Electric Buses Columbia
One of four USA BYD buses already serving riders in Columbia, Missouri

The K8M 35-foot buses have been built by BYD at its Lancaster Coach & Bus Manufacturing facility in California. Each vehicle features a 435kWh LFP battery and can be fully charged within three hours.

Patrick Duan, BYD’s Senior Vice President of Operations said:

“We are proud to partner with the City of Columbia in eliminating harmful pollutants and safeguarding air quality for generations to come. Our zero-emission buses are made in the United States and use technology that is revolutionising public transit.”

Under a previous contract, four 30-foot BYD K7M electric buses are already operating in Columbia, which is home to more than 125,000 residents and the University of Missouri. In comparison, the new units will have greater seating capacity and 30 percent more range.

This gradual transition to an all-electric fleet is part of the city’s Climate Action and Adaptation Plan, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emission by 35 percent by 2035 and 100 percent by 2050.

Mike Sokoff, Transit and Parking Manager for the City said:

“The City of Columbia is committed to sustainability as part of a climate action plan designed to significantly reduce pollution. Transitioning our bus fleet from traditional diesel to zero emission is very important.”

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