By Charley Cameron / Source: Inhabitat

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Hybrid-electric city buses and coaches are now common-place in many urban environments, but the transition to fully electric vehicles remains a reluctant one. BYD Motors hopes to change that with their newly unveiled C9 coach, which can travel over 190 miles at highway speed on a single charge.

Formally unveiled this week in New Orleans, BYD’s C9 is a two-axle, 40′ coach with the seating capacity to carry 47 people, and it’s the first of three 100% Battery Electric coaches that the company plans to launch this year. With its 190 mile range, it can travel at a top highway speed of 62.5mph. As Gas2 [4] specifies, the C9′s “365 kWh lithium-ion iron phosphate battery pack can be recharged in less than 2 hours by way of a 200 kW charging system.”

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