That electric vehicles do not perform as well as their advertised ranges when it is cold out, is nothing new. But BYD’s deal with the Indianapolis Public Transportation corporation is: BYD will supply inductive chargers along bus routes, following the alleged breach of contract.
“We made it clear to the company they must be accountable to our contract,” said Justin Stuehrenberg, VP for planning at IngyGo. Testing showed that the buses were not capable of performing as well as planned under cold weather conditions, as the range at -10 C was found to be 152 miles, compared to the 275 mile range promised at 0 C.
The new agreement with BYD, will see three inductive chargers installed on the routes, and not existing stations, in order to ensure the necessary ranges. The bus line is scheduled to start service in Fall 2021, so the Chinese manufacturer has some time to sort out the chargers.