BYD wins first Swedish order for ebuses
BYD has won its first Scandinavian order for two 12m BYD ebuses in the Swedish city of Eskilstuna, about 100km from Stockholm. The two ebuses will enter into service in November 2015 and will be operated by Transdev.
BYD’s ebuses have been trialled in more than 42 European cities and it has just won an important order in the UK with 13 due to go to Nottingham later this year [see News pages].
It says the buses in Eskilstuna will have a range of at least 250km in typical urban operating conditions and claims this range was repeatedly replicated and exceeded during the European trial programme.
“When we knew we needed to supply all electric buses for this new project driven by the PTA we evaluated all alternatives and finally concluded that BYD offered the best combination of performance, proven pure electric technology and service support,” says Johnny Struwe, fleet manager, Transdev. “We are looking forward to these pioneering vehicles entering service”.
Isbrand Ho, managing director, BYD Europe, adds: “This is a highly significant order for the BYD ebus since the Swedish bus market is known to be one of the most technically and climatically challenging in the world. Our advanced ebus model – itself significantly enhanced from the original vehicles already assessed by European operators – reflects the progress we have made in improving the energy saving capacity of our world leading batteries. We are confident that this will be just the first in a series of orders from the Scandinavian operators keen to save both the environment and their operating costs”.