Solano County Transit (SolTrans) has added two 40-foot zero-emission electric buses to their fleet.
The electric vehicles are capable of driving more than 155 miles on a single charge and offer a comfortable ride without vibration, jerk or noise usually associated with fuel buses.
“Our decision to go electric includes taking positive steps towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions, reducing our dependence on petroleum, and cleaner air,” said Mona Babauta, executive director of SolTrans. “These buses are whisper-quiet and will drastically reduce noise pollution along their daily routes.”
The buses are manufactured by Southern California BYD Coach & Bus, the U.S.-based manufacturing arm of BYD Motors. The 40-foot buses tap an iron-phosphate battery combined to power proprietary in-wheel hub motors and regenerative-braking system.
“This is an historic moment for Solano County,” said Babauta. “This decision, supported by the SolTrans Board of Directors, is an excellent example of the forward-thinking attitude towards technology and transportation that contributes to making Solano County a great place to live.”
To date, BYD has built over 7,000 electric buses globally.