Whatcom Transit Authority took an all-electric bus for a test drive on Friday, Oct. 10, and gave passengers free rides between downtown and Fairhaven.
WTA borrowed the bus from BYD Motors, a china-based electric auto maker. The bus was built in the United States. BYD Motors representatives are touring the state and have let several other transit agencies test drive the bus, according to a press release.
The 324 kilowatt battery on the bus is the industry’s first fire safe, recyclable iron-phosphate battery and and can power the bus for up to 250 miles on an overnight charge, according to the news release.
WTA has eight hybrid busses in its fleet, but no all-electric busses.
McCarthy said WTA doesn’t have plans to purchase an electric bus, but the staff is researching options for alternative fuel busses.
On Monday, October 13 through Thursday, October 16, riders can catch the bus:
- At Bellingham Station, “Route 232 Cordata/WCC” at 7:10 a.m. or 8:10 a.m.
- At Cordata Station, “Route 331 Downtown” at 7:35 a.m. or 8:35 a.m.
- At Bellingham Station, “Route 401 Fairhaven” at 9:55 a.m., 10:25 a.m.,10:55 a.m., 11:25 a.m. or 11:55 a.m.