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Over the past twelve years, Link Transit has been on the cutting edge of operating battery electric transit buses. Now, a fully functional and operational fleet of full sized, extended range, fast-charged transit buses is a reality.

This innovative project will greatly reduced vehicle emissions, contributing to a cleaner and quieter environment, while remaining economically viable and sustainable.

The partners involved in making this project a reality have reaped benefits fare beyond financial gain. They have pushed forward technology that will allow more efficient and faster implementation of battery electric buses at other transit systems across the nation.

This is the first of many steps to build a real, sustainable, clean energy economy for America.

Project Overview

Originally begun in 2009 as a project funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the TIGGER Program, Link Transit purchased five battery electric replica trolleys and two fast-chargers from E-Bus, located in Downey, CA.

Following numerous delays, these buses were delivered  beginning in 2010 and were fully implemented into service by 2014. Soon thereafter the vehicles and chargers began to experience significant problems with the batteries and charging system. The chargers were removed from use in early 2017,  and the vehicles ceased operation later that year.

In 2016, Link Transit ordered four 35 foot BYD K9S battery electric coaches, which were delivered in 2017. These buses were charged overnight using plug-in chargers. Operationally, these buses proved to be somewhat problematic, with a fairly high rate of failure. These buses were returned to the manufacturer, and replaced with five newer buses in early 2018. Since then, five additional buses have been added to the fleet, with another five now on order.

In early 2018, Momentum Dynamics installed a 200 kW inductive charging system at Link’s primary transit center, with successful charging of a bus first done on March 8, 2018. This technology allows buses to be charged throughout the day at the end of their route, so there is no need to pull a bus from service from service to charge the batteries.

In late 2020, Momentum Dynamics began installing an additional three inductive charging systems, these have the capacity to charge up to 300 kW. The final installation of these systems was completed in late June and these are being used to charge Link's fleet of 10 battery electric buses operating in Wenatchee and East Wenatchee.

Here is some more information on the BYD buses: BYD FAQ