Dutch Island to Become First Area in Europe Where Public Transport has Been Completely Electrified Thanks to BYD

4 years ago by Mark Kane 2

BYD electric bus on Schiermonnikoog island

BYD Electric Bus on Schiermonnikoog Island

Last week, BYD entered the European market by netting an order for six electric buses for the Dutch island of Schiermonnikoog.  The Chinese manufacturer won the order via an open tender (call for bids).  The buses officially went into service on May 2nd.

Delivery of six BYD electric buses  to Arriva

Delivery of six BYD electric buses to Arriva

The electric buses will replace some tired and likely used up internal combustion counterparts.

Since the island only has 6 buses, all of which will be replaced by electric BYDs, the island will become the first place in Europe where public transport has been completely electrified.

The BYD buses can accommodate up to 70 people on board, and will operated by local bus company, Arriva.  In addition, Arriva signed a 15-year maintenance contract with BYD.

BYD says that if more European operations show strong interest in their buses, the company will assemble them on a new line in their Bulgaria facility in Eastern Europe.

Earlier, BYD already explored selling buses in the US market, with their first order (10 units) coming from Long Beach Transit.  Those buses will be produced in Lancaster, CA alongside with the battery packs.

BYD says the buses can be charged overnight, but do have enough range to provide service all day long.  Total range is listed at more than 250 km (155+ miles).

Source: BYD – bus announcement/Bulgaria bus production

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2 responses to "Dutch Island to Become First Area in Europe Where Public Transport has Been Completely Electrified Thanks to BYD"

  1. Robster1979 says:

    Wow, wouldn’t have thought that our little (although beautiful) island of Schiermonnikoog would ever be mentioned by Insideevs. Good reason to go there again. There is indeed no possibility for a bus to drive more than 250km per day on this island:-)

    However, for most urban bus routes, I think this would suffice as well.

    1. Jay Cole says:

      Without our new Euro-beat writer Kane, it probably would not have crossed our radar before.

      …all we need now is someone based out of Japan and we got it all covered, (=