BYD introduced an electric school bus model in North America. Being more specific, the bus is a Type A battery electric vehicle and, what is interesting, «offers innovative vehicle-to-grid technology, allowing the vehicle to serve as a power storage resource when it’s not transporting students», the Chinese giant says.

The Type A can seat up to 30, and can be equipped with an ADA liftgate capable of lifting 800 pounds. The bus has a range of up to 140 miles on a single charge, states the bus builder. BYD electric school bus will be available with length options of 26.7-feet, 24.5-feet and 22.9 feet (8.1-meter, 7.4-meter, 7-meter). A Type D e-bus was announced by the same manufacturer in 2021.

Given the strong push by the current administration to zero emission vehicles, electric school buses are gaining more traction in the North American bus market: according to forecasts, 27,000 units are to be built in ten years in the US.

BYD electric school bus Type A launched

Standard safety features include a high strength steel construction body, electronic stability control to aid handling, and an electronic braking system to ensure more evenly distributed brake force. At the heart of the BYD Type A is its lithium iron phosphate battery. BYD offers two kind of charging solutions to meet different needs. The150 kw DC charging solution is available with high charging power and efficiency. BYD also provides 19.2 kw single phase AC charging. 

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In addition, BYD adds an additional layer of protection with its Predictive Stop Arm, which monitors approaching traffic and notifies students as they exit the bus when it is safe to cross. 

BYD buses can be equipped with HSM 3-point lap-shoulder belts, integrated child seats, and portable restraints. These school bus seats are not only designed to keep children safer, but they have the benefits of improving behavior, reducing bullying, and minimizing driver distraction. 

Vehicle-to-grid technology for BYD electric school bus

The driver’s area features a 16.5-inch power steering wheel and telescopic steering column, high level of visibility, and easy to reach control switches. The driver can also control the air conditioning over the cockpit in addition to controlling the system for passengers. 

“This is a timely solution: BYD’s Type A battery electric school bus is designed to be there for school districts 24 hours a day, both as a vehicle and power storage resource, said Stella Li, President of BYD North America. “The BYD combination of top-notch safety features, innovative design and reliable performance makes this a practical and highly affordable zero-emission solution.” 

“Just like our Type D bus introduced last year, our Type A bus bi-directional charging capability is a game changer,” said Samuel Kang, BYD’s 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.” 

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