BYD Showcases Its EV Strength at Beijing’s World War II Military Parade

2 years ago by Mark Kane 8

The fully electric BYD fleet of sweepers makes sure the parade grounds are spotless

The fully electric BYD fleet of sweepers makes sure the parade grounds are spotless

The BYD T8SA on duty in Tiananmen Square

The BYD T8SA on duty in Tiananmen Square

At the recent military parade in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square celebrating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, BYD was present with a fleet of all-electric T8SA sweepers.

Vehicles were acquired by the city, which means that the BYD T8 isn’t just a prototype, but rather a commercially available product.


350 kWh enables BYD T8SA to 7 hours of continuous operation


There is a lot to sweep in Beijing judging by the length of the parade.

“BYD T8SA electric road sweepers – built by BYD and Beijing Environmental Sanitation Engineering Group Ltd., the body responsible for the city’s sanitation. This is the first time a military parade has been held to commemorate the event, in a move to showcase not only China’s military might, but also the importance the country places in sustainability and the advancement of its domestic green technologies and manufacturing.

The BYD T8SA is a pure electric truck specifically designed for urban sanitation – with zero emissions, low noise and low heat radiation, it sweeps widths of up to 3.5 meters, has a maximum speed of 85km/h (53mph), 350kWh power batteries that fully charge in just 3.5 hours and grant the vehicle 7 hours of continuous operation. Altogether, such features can greatly optimize a city’s cost and emission reduction targets, thus proving the ideal choice for Beijing.

With increasing worldwide environmental pressure and the continuing concerns about the use of fossil fuel, many countries are adopting incentive policies to reduce consumption of fossil fuels and promote alternative energy sources, with China taking the lead on all levels with city, province and country policies that set clear emission and electrification targets for the near future. As a result, BYD has developed its 7+4 electrified transportation strategy, in which it is set to provide electric vehicles for every transportation need. There are 7 vehicles for conventional fields: Transit Buses, Coaches, Taxis, Logistics Vehicles, Construction Vehicles, Waste Management Vehicles – the category of Beijing’s T8SA – and Consumer Vehicles; and 4 vehicles for specialized fields: Warehouse Logistics Vehicles, Mining Utility Vehicles, Airport Utility Vehicles and Sea-port Utility Vehicles.”

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8 responses to "BYD Showcases Its EV Strength at Beijing’s World War II Military Parade"

  1. Djoni says:

    350 kWh battery?
    Holy s… this is a big capacity.

    1. dan says:

      It makes more sense once you realize BYD is a battery company first, EV company second, and offer commercial vehicles such as electric buses.

      Even their e6 crossover has a 70 kWh pack, which is massive compared to even the 2016 Nissan LEAF, but their primary market seems to be commercial/fleet.

      1. Mikael says:

        Isn’t it 60 kWh for the 2015 model and upgraded to 82 kWh for the 2016 model?

        Anyway just a small detail, the point is the same. 🙂

  2. Vision Solar dot com says:

    This is awesome, could be built at BYD Lancaster for California cities!

  3. Mikey says:

    They gotta make the place look good if they want to showcase their war winning strength! Remember that? When China won WWII?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8hnk0mxaAU

    1. Mikael says:

      China did win World War II, just like many other countries did.

      It would not really be fair for just Russia to celebrate just because they were the largest factor and the main winner of the WWII.
      Lots of countries contributed and many of them, if not most, overexaggerate their role in the war.

    2. ModernMarvelFan says:

      “China won WWII?”

      China is considered as winning party of the WWII. That is why it got a seat in the UN security council (which later got replaced with the communist side).

      China did contribute to a lot of troops to fight the Japanese in Burma with US equipments that stalled Japanese advanced in Burma. It was part of Allie coalition that defeated the Japanese. Both the communist and nationalist in China put their difference asides during the latter part of WWII to fight the Japanese. And Japan didn’t occupy China entirely, only the Eastern seaboard, coastal cites and cities along the rail roads. (unlike Germany did with France).

      But nobody is going to argue against the fact that US didn’t the most of the “heavy lifting” during the WWII.