It seems there is no reason to call it not “the world’s longest pure electric bus”. It wasn’t an April Fool when BYD announced to launch its 27 meters long K12A on 1 Apr 2019 able to transport 250 passengers without emitting carbon dioxide or other noxious fumes. BYD, a Chinese automobile manufacturer based in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province in China, caused quite a stir in the media.
BYD Nr. 1 in The World in Terms of Total Sales of Pure Electric Buses
According to BYD, K12A is not only the world’s longest pure electric bus. It is also the first electric bus equipped with a four-wheel drive (4WD) – able to torque to four of its wheels simultaneously. If that isn’t enough, the bus can even switch between 2WD and 4WD. This allows to meet the terrain requirements and optimize the vehicle’s overall energy consumption.
The 88 feet K12A biarticulated model has a passenger capacity of 250 people
Max speed = 70kmh/40mph
— BYD (@BYDCompany) 1. April 2019
The BYD K12A, featuring an all-aluminum alloy body, can achieve a maximum speed of 70 km/h. Allegedly, it is possible to cover a distance of almost 300 kilometers with one battery charge, enough for a day trip. K12A is not the first pure electric bus from BYD. With its K9, the Chinese automobile manufacturer was even the first company producing the first world’s pure electric bus.