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Sydney tests the world's longest-range electric bus

Sydney International Airport has begun a six-month electric bus pilot programme with Australian airport ground transportation provider - Carbridge Pty Ltd.

The vehicle selected for the pilot was made by BYD Company Ltd, and it is said to be the world’s longest-range electric bus, and will be used to shuttle passengers at the airport.

The Australian gateway plans to eventually electrify their entire bus fleet in the coming years.

At a launch ceremony, BYD Asia Pacific general manager, Liu Xueliang, says: “Compared with fossil-fueled buses, BYD's pure electric bus has zero emissions, doesn't make noise and ensures a comfortable ride without disturbances associated with conventional buses of combustion engines.

“These characteristics will provide a great experience for visitors to the airport."

BYD's Battery Electric bus employs many advanced technologies such as the advanced environmentally friendly BYD iron-phosphate battery, in-wheel hub motors and regenerative braking system.

The BYD electric bus is said to deliversa host of operational and environmental benefits for public transport riders, operators and people in the community, and the firm says it is quiet, and ensures a comfortable ride without vibrations, jerks or noise associated with the conventional buses and combustion engines.

The vehicle can also drive for more than 250 km (155 miles) even in heavy city traffic, all on a single charge, and has been tested in international cities across the globe.

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