Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Air Quality

Kansas City Airport Deploys BYD Fully Electric Buses For Passenger Service

Kansas City Airport became the first airport to integrate fully electric shuttles for passenger service today as it took delivery of four BYD 30 foot electric coaches.

Kansas City Airport became the first airport to integrate fully electric shuttles for passenger service today as it took delivery of four BYD 30 foot electric coaches.

The four buses will service the airport as parking lot shuttles, bringing passengers from the airport terminals to and from nearby parking lots. The airport shuttles were custom built for service in the airport at the BYD Bus and Coach Factory in Lancaster, California. That means they include luggage racks, among other things.

kansas city international

Airports represent significant sources of emissions in and around major cities due to the high-density emissions from air travel and the concentration of ground transportation utilized to get passengers in and out of terminals. While four buses is not going to have a significant impact on the emissions from Kansas City International Airport, it is a symbolic step that will show other airports just how well suited electric buses and shuttles are for airports.

Before I get assaulted with “we are past the time for symbolic steps” comments, I want to highlight just how important it is for first-movers to prove out use cases for new technologies. It may seem obvious to those of us who spend a significant part of our day on CleanTechnica, but transitions take time and first-movers should be celebrated. One of my least favorite parts of any flight is sitting out front of the airport waiting for a ride, sucking in tailpipe exhaust, so the prospect of cleaning that up with electric shuttles and buses is compelling. BYD clearly sees things the same way:

“BYD is proud to work with Kansas City International Airport to provide these four buses with zero tailpipe emissions, giving airport passengers a cleaner and healthier ride,” said BYD Heavy Industries Senior Vice President Macy Neshati.

“Kansas City International Airport will enjoy cost savings by operating the BYD battery-electric buses because they reduce fuel and maintenance costs by tens of thousands of dollars over the lifetime of the bus.”

For more on airport leadership stories, see:

Electrifying Amsterdam Schiphol Airport — Tesla Taxis, Electric Buses, Etc. (#CleanTechnica Original)

Amsterdam Airport Enlists 167 Tesla Taxis

Netherlands’ Airports Switching 100% To Wind Energy

For more electric bus stories, go through our extensive electric bus archives.

Appreciate CleanTechnica’s originality? Consider becoming a CleanTechnica member, supporter, or ambassador — or a patron on Patreon.
Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.

New Podcast: Forecasting EV Sales And EV Battery & Metal Prices — Interview with BloombergNEF's Head of Clean Power Research

Written By

I'm a tech geek passionately in search of actionable ways to reduce the negative impact my life has on the planet, save money and reduce stress. Live intentionally, make conscious decisions, love more, act responsibly, play. The more you know, the less you need. As an activist investor, Kyle owns long term holdings in BYD, SolarEdge, and Tesla.


#1 most loved electric vehicle, solar energy, and battery news & analysis site in the world.


Support our work today!


Power CleanTechnica: $3/Month

Tesla News Solar News EV News Data Reports


EV Sales Charts, Graphs, & Stats


Our Electric Car Driver Report

30 Electric Car Benefits

Tesla Model 3 Video

Renewable Energy 101 In Depth

solar power facts

Tesla News

EV Reviews

Home Efficiency

You May Also Like

Clean Power

In both 2019 and 2020, project developers in the United States installed more wind power capacity than any other generating technology. According to data...

Autonomous Vehicles

Welcome to China × Cleantech — January 2021 edition. Our China x Cleantech series covers top cleantech stories in China each month. Happy 牛 Year! I...

Clean Transport

Transit agencies need to transition their bus fleets to electricity ASAP. The Biden administration knows that and is trying to help. The Federal Transit...

Clean Transport

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) in Maryland has decided to fully electrify its fleet. It has chosen Highland Electric Transportation to get to work...

Copyright © 2021 CleanTechnica. The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by and do not necessarily represent the views of CleanTechnica, its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.