BYD Receives Record Bus & Taxi Order; 2,000 Buses And 1,000 Taxis!

7 months ago by Mark Kane 9

The pure-electric BYD e6 Taxi and k9 Transit Bus

The pure-electric BYD e6 Taxi and k9 Transit Bus

BYD ebus

Young BYD ebus on the playground

Another day begins with electrifying and shocking news from China where BYD just announced that it received a massive order for 2,000 battery-electric transit buses (ebus) and 1,000 pure-electric cars (the e6) for taxi use.

This is a new record not only for buses, but also for electric fleet orders.

“In response to China’s deteriorating air quality and ecological environment, Hangzhou’s Leadership has taken a serious stance on combatting the issues by adopting zero-emissions public transportation, namely electric buses and taxis.”

The order was signed this week by the Mayor of Hangzhou, Hongming Zhang. Half of the fleet – 1,000 buses and 500 taxis – will be delivered by the end of 2014 so BYD must have a huge factory for these buses.  Recall that 1,200 were ordered for Dalian and 600 for Nanjing, two other cities in China.

BYD Ltd founder and Chairman, Wang Chuanfu stated:

“Hangzhou is a beautiful place with a rich history and culture, as well as a great environment for investment. BYD is excited to bring our world-leading electric transportation technologies to Hangzhou and witness the vision and dreams of this leadership team come to pass.”

BYD America Vice President Micheal Austin commented:

“There is simply no other company that manufactures and delivers fleets of electric cars and electric buses by the thousands! The R&D expertise, manufacturing scale and component spend leverage BYD is gaining from building and delivering these fleets has put us years ahead of any possible competitor.”

Secretary Gong Zheng of Hangzhou’s Municipal Committee adds:

“Today the electric vehicle market is growing and EV technologies have matured to the point where every city transit should be adopting them. The turning point of new energy is now, and we want to see BYD grow the same way we saw Jack Ma’s Alibaba grow years ago.”

Alibaba is based in Hangzhou.

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9 responses to "BYD Receives Record Bus & Taxi Order; 2,000 Buses And 1,000 Taxis!"

    1. ClarksonCote says:

      This is great news. Now if China could also reduce their percentage of power generated by coal, all the better.

  1. Assaf says:

    Awesome news. I will collect all these BYD order stories and write about them somewhere else…

  2. Ambulator says:

    Of course, electric vehicles are only half the goal. They also need clean electricity.

  3. vadik_veselovsky says:

    China is very much pushing with wind and solar, so should not be a problem going forward

    1. GeorgeS says:

      Also a huge nuclear build out.

      1. Big Solar says:

        yeah, they have so many people. Hopefully they dont leave the tv on 24/7 like some I know here!

  4. Jason says:

    Kudos!

    BYD may have a much needed niche for their products.

  5. Pat Sparks says:

    Before people criticise china’s energy generation and carbon emissions they should ensure that their personal carbon footprint is lower that the average for China. China has lower emissions of carbon per capita than the USA. China also leads the world in growth of renewable electricity generation.