BYD Electric Buses on Schiermonnikoog Island – Video After 6 Months of Use

JAN 28 2014 BY MARK KANE 4

Delivery of six BYD electric buses to Arriva

Delivery of six BYD electric buses to Arriva

The Dutch island of Schiermonnikoog is the first location in Europe where a whole fleet of buses were swapped out for electric ones.

A public tender was won by BYD, and well over 6 months ago six ebuses were delivered.

This month, the Chinese manufacturer released video from Schiermonnikoog.

The Island is just 16 km long and 4 km wide with about 1,000 residents. Annually, 250,000 people visit Schiermonnikoog and huge part of them will, for the very first time, be driven by electric bus.  The drivers with the behind-the-wheel experience of electric buses.

“April 2013, the national park of Schiermonnikoog in the Dutch province of Friesland was one of the first places in Europe to convert the whole of its public transport system to emission free electric buses. The six vehicles supplied by BYD and operated by Arriva were awarded in Europe’s first publicly tendered order for electric-powered full size buses. The buses will provide visitors and residents with an ecologically sound public transport system for the next 15 years.”

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4 Comments on "BYD Electric Buses on Schiermonnikoog Island – Video After 6 Months of Use"

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Sweet!

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I hope that we can move on fairly rapidly to larger islands, such as the Isle of Wight, which is around 380 square kilometres, or 20km on a side, with 140,000 people, and 2.5 million visitors a year.

it would be quite an achievement, although in my view soon one we might do as costs drop, to get rid of petrol on such a substantial body.

There are a 100 or so buses on the Isle of Wight:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Vectis