Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB) is to test the next-generation electric bus BYD K9 on several passenger routes. The K9 will therefore become the first public electric vehicle in the collective transport fleets of the Catalan capital.
The testing of this bus, which will last for two years starting in July, will make it possible to ascertain whether a vehicle that runs exclusively on batteries and thus makes no contaminant emissions is able to take on the collective transport of passengers in a city such as Barcelona. The K9 runs on two electric engines supplied with an ion-lithium battery and has an operating autonomy of 250 kilometres. It can be recharged in five hours, meaning that it can be used in urbane lines on a daily basis with no problem.
Thanks to the use of hybrid electric and compressed natural gas vehicles, TMB now has the cleanest bus fleet in Europe. This initiative is added proof of the company’s interest in continuing to innovate with respect to using energies that cause no harmful effects on the environment.[:]