The City of Annapolis has announced the purchase of two BYD K7M battery-electric transit buses, which will be the first in its transit fleet.
The BYD K7M can accommodate up to 22 passengers and has two optional positions for wheelchairs compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. BYD buses are equipped with iron-phosphate batteries. The buses have low floors for improved accessibility and safety.
BYD electric buses in Annapolis
The buses will be constructed by members of the SMART workers Union, Local 105, at BYD’s manufacturing facility in Lancaster, California, BYD stresses.
“BYD is proud to join Annapolis as it starts down the path toward electrification” said BYD Senior Vice President Patrick Duan. “Annapolis is such a beautiful city, full of rich history and it’s an honor to be a part of its journey toward a greener, cleaner future.”
“We all have to make changes in our lives and routines to become less reliant on energy sources that contribute to climate change and sea level rise,” said Mayor Gavin Buckley. “Migrating our transit fleet from fossil fuels to electric is a step the City of Annapolis can take. We are very happy to be moving forward with this acquisition.”