BYD Electric Buses Join Chattanooga Transit Fleet

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Chattanooga Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA), the mass transit system for the City of Chattanooga, Tenn., has taken delivery of three BYD K9 electric buses.

Lisa Maragnano, executive director of CARTA, says the authority is excited about “getting [the buses] out on the streets and tested.”

“We’re pleased about the enhanced service CARTA will to provide to the City of Chattanooga and Hamilton County through our partnership with BYD and Momentum Dynamics,” she continues.

Momentum Dynamics developed a 200 kW wireless charging system to support zero-emission transit buses in Chattanooga. The system automatically charges as passengers load and unload.

BYD says the integration of more electric buses will help CARTA achieve its goal of having a zero-emissions fleet.

“We thrilled to partner with such a forward-thinking transit agency as CARTA. We believe our zero-emission buses are a perfect fit for their plans to use clean technology vehicles to serve their customers and help keep their region’s air clean,” says Bobby Hill, vice president of BYD North America, coach and bus.

BYD North America also recently announced a joint venture with Generate Capital Inc., a financier, owner and operator of distributed infrastructure, to launch an electric bus leasing program in the U.S.

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