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Altoona Testing of First 40-foot, Zero-Emissions Electric Rapid Transit Bus is Complete

May 28, 2014 in BYD, Electric Bus, Electric Vehicles, EV News

The BYD Electric Bus is first 40-foot electric bus to complete the Federal Transit Administration’s sponsored testing

Altoona, Pennsylvania, USA: The Altoona Bus Research and Testing Center under the Larson Institute and sponsored by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), last week completed the FTA’s “new model bus testing program” of the first 40-foot, all-electric bus. The BYD Electric Bus has successfully completed the Altoona structural integrity testing program in a fast 116 track days *with full reports published soon. This is the world’s first and only long-range battery electric transit bus in mass production and the only bus capable of driving continuously for up to 24 hours on-a-single-charge that has also received TVM approvals and qualified for FTA funded projects.

The BYD Electric Bus at Lancaster California is proudly built in the United States Photo courtesy of BYD

The BYD Electric Bus at Lancaster California is proudly built in the United States
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“The Altoona staff were professional and accommodating guiding BYD through the process and ensuring all testing met the Federal standards. The FTA were supportive of our efforts to ensure that this vehicle, the first 40-foot, all-electric bus to be tested met the North American standards and was properly tested within the guidelines. BYD will commence shortly with the testing of the BYD 60-foot Bus-Rapid-Transit (BRT) style all-electric bus at Altoona, another first for the Transit Industry,” said BYD Motors President Stella Li. “We believe that our 40-foot bus is one of the most structurally sound transit buses on roads today. Yet like all manufacturers, our engineers found ways, through this testing, to make improvements to ensure the sort of long-lasting quality BYD has become known for.” BYD’s electric bus has no transmission, clutches or drive train but has instead two robust in-wheel-drive motors powered by batteries on board the bus. BYD sees this recent accomplishment as the first of many, in what will be a long and productive relationship with the Altoona Bus Testing and Research Center. The 40 foot BYD Electric Bus is just the first of three different size options that will be offered to the United States for the 2014/2015 deliveries. Next at Altoona will be the 60-foot articulated BYD All-Electric bus.

About BYD

BYD Company Ltd. is one of China’s largest companies and has successfully expanded globally. Specializing in battery technologies, their green mission to “solve the whole problem” has made them industry pioneers and leaders in several High-tech sectors including High-efficiency Automobiles, Electrified Public Transportation, Environmentally-Friendly Energy Storage, Affordable Solar Power and Information Technology and Original Design Manufacturing (ODM) services.

As the world’s largest manufacturer of rechargeable batteries, their mission to create safer and more environmentally friendly battery technologies has led to the development of the BYD Iron Phosphate (or “Fe”) Battery. This fire-safe, completely recyclable and incredibly long-cycle technology has become the core of their clean energy platform that has expanded into automobiles, buses, trucks, utility vehicles and energy storage facilities. BYD and all of their shareholders, including the great American Investor Warren Buffett, see these environmentally and economically forward products as the way of the future.

BYD has made a strong entrance to the North, Central and South American markets with their battery electric buses, and lineup of automobiles. Their mission lies not just in sales growth, but also in sociological integration and local job creation as they have poured incredible investments into developing offices, dealerships and manufacturing facilities in the local communities they now call home, truly a first for Chinese companies. For more information, please visit

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Public Transportation Leaders To Convene In Chicago

September 23, 2013 in Electric Vehicles, EV Campaigns, EV News

Transportation Secretary Foxx

Transportation Secretary Foxx

2013 APTA Annual Meeting To Be Held September 30 – October 2, 2013

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) will hold its Annual Meeting September 30– October 2, 2013 at the Hilton Chicago in Chicago, IL.  Hosted by the Chicago Transit Authority, this premier industry event will attract more than 1,200 public transportation leaders from across North America.

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx will share his vision for the public transportation industry and priorities for the department on September 30 from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.  Peter Rogoff, the administrator for the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), will speak at the Opening Session on September 30, and share his thoughts on the FTA’s national initiatives for the industry.

The 2013 APTA Annual Meeting will include sessions that focus on a number of topics affecting the public transportation industry including:  MAP-21 legislation, high-speed rail, sustainability, economic issues, workforce development, technology, safety and security, and public-private partnerships.

Additionally, a product showcase with more than 100 exhibitors will take place on Monday, September 30, from 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Chicago Hilton.  Listed in the link below are some highlighted session topics; to view a complete schedule visit

***News media are invited to attend the conference at no charge but early registration is encouraged.  Please complete the media registration form.  On-site media registration is available at the conference registration desk at the Chicago Hilton in Boulevard A, Second Floor.  The media center is in room PDR 2 at the Chicago Hilton.

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Utah’s TRAX extends service -and opportunity- to Draper, Source: DOT

August 19, 2013 in Electric Vehicles, EV News, Light Rail

Utah Trax Light Rail Photo courtesy of Utah Transit Authority

Utah Trax Light Rail
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DRAPER, Utah – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today (8-16-13) attended the grand opening of the new Draper TRAX light rail line, which significantly expands transit options for thousands of residents and commuters in the Salt Lake City area. The extension, which connects downtown Salt Lake City to the suburb of Draper, is the final project in a seven-year, 70-mile effort.  Secretary Foxx was joined at the event by Senator Orin Hatch, Deputy Federal Transit Administrator Therese McMillan, Governor Gary Herbert and local officials.

“This expanded light rail service has generated thousands of jobs and will improve access to employment and other economic opportunities for decades to come,” said Secretary Foxx. “Salt Lake’s bold vision to place transit within easy reach of residents and connect dozens of communities along the fast-growing Wasatch Front is an excellent example of how investments in transportation lay a strong foundation for future growth.”

The Draper Light Rail Project, a 3.8-mile extension of Utah Transit Authority (UTA) TRAX service, created approximately 2,000 jobs during construction, according to UTA.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) committed $116 million for the Draper extension through its New Starts Capital Investment Grant Program.

“FTA has been proud to support Utah’s efforts to more than double the region’s transit rail capacity, bringing world-class public transportation choices to one of the country’s fastest growing regions,” said FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff. “Generations of riders will now have seamless access to Salt Lake City International Airport, the central business district, and Draper – all without sitting in traffic on I-15.”

The project includes three new stations with park-and-ride-facilities. The TRAX extension to Draper is the final project in UTA’s Frontlines 2015 Program, a $2.9 billion program to build 70 miles of rail in seven years. Four new light rail lines and one new commuter rail line have more than doubled UTA’s rail system. FTA committed approximately $545 million in total to the Frontlines 2015 Program, which includes $90 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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An America that is stronger requires a transportation system that is better, Source: DOT

July 22, 2013 in Electric Vehicles, EV News

By Secretary Anthony Foxx

Secretary Anthony Foxx US Department of Transportation Photo courtesy of DOT

Secretary Anthony Foxx
US Department of Transportation
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From technology to financing, we must use every tool at our disposal

When we talk about making transportation safer and stronger, and being more efficient as we improve the roads, rails, bridges, and buses we leave for the next generation of Americans, we’re not talking about filling in potholes. We’re talking about a transportation system that is stronger for the long-term. And to make that happen, we need every tool in the box…and a few we haven’t even thought of yet.

Because just as the men and women of today need to be able to get to jobs or school without having to fight traffic or stand in the hot summer sun waiting for the bus, our kids and the kids of our neighbors and friends will need transportation that works tomorrow.

They are counting on us to give them an America that is stronger than the one we inherited-just as those who came before us left a rail network that stretched from coast to coast and then an interstate highway network that connected communities across the nation. From new technologies to public private partnerships, we must use every tool at our disposal to make our transportation system better.

We’ve already seen great examples of public-private partnerships—the Historic Millwork District in Dubuque, Iowa; the new HOT lanes on I-495 in Fairfax County, Virginia; or Denver’s Union Station.

We’ve also seen our TIFIA loan guarantee program leverage $43.8 billion in infrastructure investments across America in cities like Chicago, Los Angeles, and Dallas.

On the technical side, our Federal Transit Administration is helping develop buses that run on battery power and hydrogen, freeing us from our reliance on oil. Our Federal Railroad Administration is working to step up passenger train speeds in busy rail corridors from the Northwest to the Southeast. And our Maritime Administration is supporting a growing network of Marine Highways.

We’re not just fostering innovation among experienced professionals; we’re also encouraging America’s students to stretch our transportation boundaries through challenges, internships, partnerships, and our University Transportation Centers program.

The progress we’ve made so far is great. And DOT will extend this progress going forward.

From its earliest days, this country has thrived through ingenuity, resourcefulness, and perseverance. We have been a nation that dreams of -and achieves- the impossible.

We are still that nation.

This article is a repost, credit: U.S. Secretary of Transportation.Anthony Foxx,

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LYNX Blue Line extension breaks ground in Charlotte, Source: DOT

July 19, 2013 in Electric Vehicles, EV News, Light Rail

By Peter Rogoff

FTA-funded doubling of popular light rail line will connect downtown to UNC, ease traffic, put thousands to work

Photo courtesy of US DOT

Photo courtesy of US DOT

At the Federal Transit Administration, we know that improved transportation has been one of the best examples of what one generation can leave to the next. And yesterday, at the groundbreaking for the 9.3-mile extension of its popular LYNX light rail Blue Line, I saw the city of Charlotte, NC, affirm that idea.

Photo courtesy of US DOT

Photo courtesy of US DOT

The new extension will double the length of the existing light rail system, create new development opportunities along the line, and significantly expand transit options for thousands of residents and students in the rapidly growing Charlotte region.

The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) estimates that the extension-funded in part by FTA’s Capital Investment (New Starts) Program-will add another 18,000 riders each day to a light rail line that already serves more than 16,000 daily riders.

That’s 18,000 commuters not sitting in traffic on I-85 or U.S. 29. It’s 18,000 area residents with improved access to the opportunities offered by the city’s financial, health services, and high tech centers; the thriving UNC Charlotte campus; and the commercial and residential corridor developing between them. And it’s an estimated 7,600 men and women going to work on jobs created by the extension’s construciton.


Photo courtesy of US DOT

Image courtesy of US DOT

That’s how one of America’s fastest-growing cities builds a world-class transportation system.

As Charlotte Mayor Patsy Kinsey said, “Every day, more and more people and businesses are choosing to make the Charlotte region their home. Investments in public transit are critical to recruiting and retaining area businesses and providing our citizens with choices in transportation.”

We couldn’t have said it better.

This article is a repost, credit: US Department of Transportation, Peter Rogoff, Administrator Federal Transit Administration,