January 2020 Chinese manufacturer BYD introduced the C10MS battery electric double decker bus. Now the model has passed the FTA durability test. With this achievement BYD claims it has delivered the first battery electric double decker bus that passed this durability road testing under the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) guidelines at the Model Bus Testing Program in Altoona, Pennsylvania.
No less than seven of these BYD double deckers have completed Altoona durability testing. The C10MS joins the full range of BYD zero-emission vehicles that have passed the Altoona test. The BYD 45-foot (13.7 m) double-deck C10MS battery-electric motorcoach can go up to 230 miles (370 km) on a single charge. The first presentation of this coach was at the United Motorcoach Association’s annual expo in Nashville, Tennessee in 2020. It can seat up to 77 people and
drive up to 230 miles. “This is another proud achievement for BYD,” said BYD Senior Vice President for Operations Patrick Duan. “The BYD C10MS is not only a luxury double decker coach, but it is also practical, as it serving the needs of commuters and tourists throughout the world. We appreciate our many U.S. customers who have already deployed this zero-emission coach in their operations and look forward to delivering many more of them.”
Established in 1989 by the Pennsylvania Transportation Institute with funding provided by the FTA, the Larson Transportation Institute’s Bus Research and Testing Center in Altoona tests buses for safety, structural integrity, durability, performance, maintainability, noise, emissions, energy economy, and fuel economy. Based primarily in Altoona, the centre also has a facility located at the Larson Transportation Institute Test Track in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania.