BYD has introduced its Type A battery electric vehicle, a zero-emission school bus that offers innovative vehicle-to-grid technology, allowing the vehicle to serve as a power storage resource when it is not transporting students. The Type A can seat up to 30, and has a range of up to 140 miles on a single charge.
Stella Li, president, BYD North America, says: “The BYD combination of top-notch safety features, innovative design and reliable performance makes this a practical and highly affordable zero-emission solution.”
The school bus is available in lengths of 26.7-ft, 24.5-ft and 22.9 ft and can be equipped with three-point belts, integrated child seats, and portable restraints.
“Just like our Type D bus introduced last year, our Type A bus’ bi-directional charging capability is a game changer,” says Samuel Kang, BYD head of total technology solutions. “School buses can be charged overnight when energy demand is low, and clean emission-free energy can be fed back into the classroom during school hours when the bus is parked keeping classrooms well-lit and students and teachers plugged-in.”