Barcelona has had its first electric bus since early September, which is circulating in a testing phase and without passengers but with a load that simulates their presence.
The bus has been both designed and developed by the Chinese manufacturer BYD and was presented on 23 September at a ceremony held at the Fira de Barcelona which was attended by the Mayor of the city, D. Xavier Trias, the Deputy Mayor and the President and Director General of Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB).
The vehicle, model K9, is 12 metres in length and has three doors and a capacity for 75 passengers. It has two electric motors, each of 90 kW, powered by a lithium-ion battery with an iron core of 325 kWh. The battery can be charged in five hours and has a range of 250 kilometres, which makes it an ideal vehicle for daily urban use.
It has all of the safety systems required for this type of passenger transport vehicle as well as easy access for people with reduced mobility.
The companies TMB, BYD and New Energy Vehicles (a subsidiary of Bergé Automoción) agreed their loan last March via a lease agreement with an option to purchase.
The trial period will end in a few weeks, at which time the bus will begin to circulate with passengers on one of the routes.
D. Xavier Trias included the début of the electric bus as part of the “línea de futuro” (“line of the future”) policies for the city of Barcelona and established the agreement with BYD within the framework of his institutional visit to China.
For more than a decade, BYD has been committed to mobile alternative energies and next-generation technology in their buses for public transport.