KCI Airport Electric Bus Fact Sheet



Kansas City Council approved the order of four 30 ft. battery-electric transit coaches from BYD Coach & Bus for use at Kansas City International Airport (KCI) in November 2016. BYD customized the buses for Kansas City Airport based on its needs for passenger service. BYD built the four zero-emission, battery-electric buses at its Coach and Bus manufacturing facility in Lancaster, Calif.

KCI’s Battery-Electric Buses – First Electric Buses for Airport Service in the U.S.

BYD, the largest manufacturer of battery-electric buses in the world, built four battery-electric 30 ft. shuttle buses for KCI, and these are the first electric buses for airport passenger service in the U.S. The buses will serve as parking lot shuttles, bringing passengers to the airport terminals. 

Electric Buses Provide Cost Savings & Environmental Benefits

BYD electric buses provide cost savings over the lifetime of the bus as they reduce operating costs by eliminating the need for oil changes and other maintenance involved in combustion engine vehicles. Additionally, the cost to recharge the vehicle is less compared to the price of a conventional fueled bus (diesel or natural gas).

The BYD electric buses have no tailpipe meaning the vehicles will not spew harmful pollutants into the atmosphere. These zero-emission buses also eliminate the need for oil changes thereby reducing the amount of hazardous fluids involved in operations. These electric buses serve as another example of how Kansas City is leading the Midwest and the nation as a hotbed for deploying electric vehicles.

KCI Electric Bus Shuttle Specs

  • Range is 144 miles on a single charge

  • Seats 23 passengers

  • 2 wheelchair positions

  • Luggage racks for passenger use

  • Bus battery charges in 2 to 3 hours

  • Top speed is 55 MPH

About KCI:

Kansas City International Airport was built by the City of Kansas City, Missouri and opened in 1972. Its low congestion and small number of flight delays have long established it as one of the most appealing commercial airports in the world. The complex spans more than 10,000 acres, and its three runways can accommodate up to 139 aircraft operations per hour. For more information, visit http://flykci.com/.

About BYD:

BYD is the world’s largest manufacturer of electric vehicles and is an industry pioneer and leader in electrified transportation, including: automobiles, buses, trucks, SkyRail, forklifts, energy storage, and solar power generation. BYD is the global leader in battery electric buses, with more than 27,000 buses in service around the world. For more information, visit www.byd.com/usa.


Joe McBrideKansas City International AirportJoe.McBride@kcmo.org, 816-243-3164

Kristen Caloca Mercury for BYD KCaloca@mercuryllc.com, 424-202-1671

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