Report – Bangalore transport corporation to test all-electric BYD K9 bus for city use

Posted on: Dec 4, 2013 - 1:16pm IST

Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) will soon run a Chinese-built electric bus to gauge its use in the city, The New Indian Express reports. A single BYD K9 bus is housed in a bus depot, waiting for approval from the regional transport authority, before being put into its paces.

BYD K9 front official image

The officials at BMTC will run the test mule for around 3 months before making a decision on purchasing it. The Corporation has also received an additional allocation of 90,000 volts from the city’s electricity controller. Even though the Corporation hasn’t zeroed in on the route for the bus, it is likely that it will undertake a long and traffic-ridden routes in order to test its capabilities.

BYD is a Chinese brand that builds the K9 or eBus vehicle. The K9 can run a distance of 250 km in a single charge in urban road conditions. The bus weighs 18 tons and has a length of 12,267 mm, width of 2,550 mm and height of 3,486 mm. The bus takes 5 hours to be charged normally and half that time for a ‘fast’ charge. The K9 can seat 31 people according to the newspaper report, but 40 as per the official website. The company claims that the K9 consumes less than 100 kWh/60 minutes.

The K9 uses an iron phosphate battery that was developed in house. It is also run in several countries like the USA, Hong Kong, Columbia, Chile, Spain, Denmark and the Netherlands.

BYD K9 (BYD eBus) official video presentation

[Can’t see the video here? Head over to Youtube]

BYD K9 (BYD eBus) Specifications

BYD K9 electric bus specifications

BYD K9 (BYD eBus) Image Gallery

Next would you like to read more about the or more about Commercial Vehicles?

5 thoughts on “Report – Bangalore transport corporation to test all-electric BYD K9 bus for city use

  1. brahma says:

    why to buy chinese junk tata motors have hybrid bus buy indian support indian

    1. Dr. Nayak says:

      Indian politicians don’t do anything based on merit. I am sure the Chinese are greasing somebody’s palms in Bangalore. Enormous waste of poor taxpayer’s money.

  2. Dr. Nayak says:

    Patriotic bunch of people from Karnataka, the home of BEL, BHEL, ISRO and worlds R&D center for all major software and hardware companies!

  3. Tijo says:

    Another big monster to create more Jams & Accidents in the CITY

  4. sandy says:

    That’s a good move. If BMTC shows enough interest on electric bus, Mahindra-Reva may join the move with electric Navistar. Electrification of public transport is perfect thought since their route and distance if finite and predictable. And if they introduce battery swapping technology at most of their depot, then that would be more efficient and productive.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

About the Author
Karthik H

A bit of a car freak and a bike nut, and a fan of trucks and technology too. Expect sharp stories that focus on those four fronts. As always, stay tuned to for quick and unassuming updates from across the world.