COMO Connect Expands the Pure-Electric Bus Fleet

Three more all-electric buses will run regularly on service routes beginning June 2016, providing costs savings and air quality benefits
COLUMBIA, Mo. COMO Connect recently announced that it is expanding its fleet by adding zero-emission, all-electric buses into service starting in June to better serve customers and reduce operational costs. The three (3), 30-ft, low-floor, all-electric transit buses will be supplied by BYD, the world’s largest manufacturer of electric vehicles, with a battery that provides 144 miles per charge and can be recharged in only two to three hours.
 
 
future in Columbia,” said Drew Brooks, multi-modal manager for COMO Connect. “We leased an all-electric bus from BYD earlier as a demonstration and were very pleased with the results. The electric buses provided operational and fuel cost savings, were reliable on our service routes, and eliminated emissions thereby helping to improve our local air quality.”
 
“BYD’s all-electric buses provide a multitude of benefits to operator and passenger,” said Macy Neshati, vice president of Coach and Bus for BYD. “The operator enjoys having a reliable bus that saves money and the passenger enjoys having a quieter, comfortable bus that is helping the environment by eliminating harmful emissions that cause air pollution.” The buses are equipped with BYD-designed and built Iron-Phosphate batteries, delivering 197 kWh of power that come with a 12 year warranty, the industry’s longest electric battery warranty available.
 
For more information, visit www.comoconnect.org.