The total fleet will be 35 vehicles, as the remaining two will be delivered by December 2020. We don’t know more details, but with a population of 287,025, 35 electric buses must stand for a noticeable share of total buses on the island.
“The buses were specifically designed for the Barbados market and come equipped with wheelchair accessibility, WIFI and USB charger connectors, promising a quiet, comfortable, and emissions-free ride.”
For BYD, it’s the first EV bus deployment in the Caribbean, but we are pretty sure it won’t be the not last, as islands are a perfect application for electrification, especially if they are being able to generate solar electricity.
According to the Barbados National Climate Change Plan, the goal is 100% renewable energy and carbon neutrality by 2030.
BYD is known from electric bus sales not only in the major markets, but also in a variety of smaller places, which confirms the true global capabilities of the Chinese manufacturer.
The U.S. specs of the K7 model show that it’s equipped with a 180 kWh battery for up to 137 miles (220 km) of range.