BYD Helps Schiphol Become One Of The World’s Greenest Airports – Video

AUG 20 2015 BY MARK KANE 11

BYD electric bus in service at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

BYD electric bus in service at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

BYD released a video presenting its electric buses in service at the Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

In total, 35 pure electric buses are being used to transport passengers between aircraft and terminals.

This was the largest EV bus order in Europe, which opened the doors for even larger ones like the most recent order in London.

We believe that the market for electric buses at airports around the world could be really significant and that the job is well suited for EVs.

“The 12m BYD ebuses are thought to be the first full size pure electric buses to provide transportation at a major world airport and are also the first in Europe to feature only two battery packs. The reduced number of battery packs, made possible by the application requirements of an airport, means more space for passengers and reduced overall weight – which itself means more efficient operation.

The Schiphol authorities chose BYD after a competitive European tender process. Extensive trials of the ebus have also taken place in 47 major European cities and have demonstrated that pure electric buses are fully viable, can usually perform a full day’s duties on a single charge and – due to the much lower cost of electricity compared to diesel fuel – deliver a strongly reduced Total Cost of Ownership.”

Isbrand Ho, Managing Director, BYD Europe said:

“BYD is proud to be able to offer Schiphol a carbon-free solution for its airside passenger handling, something which is a major contributor to the airport’s aim of being a world leader in green transportation. The ability of airports to go green is really all about reducing emissions on the ground – and there is tremendous potential for us to assist in the process. When you consider that just one airline is likely to operate thousands of pieces of equipment with a diesel engine at each major airport you can see the scale of the opportunity”.

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11 Comments on "BYD Helps Schiphol Become One Of The World’s Greenest Airports – Video"

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167 Tesla Model S Taxis, 35 electric busses, and a bunch of other EVs.

Amsterdam/Schiphol is trying really hard to out-Norway Norway 😉

The stats screen in the video (0:54) is a little confusing. It shows battery capacity is 3.4 kWh (or does Kwh mean something else?), while the SoC % value doesn’t seem to match the graphical representation.

But if you do want to know more about these busses, check out:


They also got 167 Tesla S as Taxis.
I love pro active enterprises!



Tony Williams

Those are Menekke Type 2 plugs, which are capable of 63 amp three phase at 380-400 volt AC (220-230 volts per phase).

Presumably, this one is 384v AC and 99 amps would actually be 57.2 volts per phase, which all makes sense.

38.0kW AC is being used, while 43.6kW is the maximum possible (if there was 400v and the full 63 amps).

Perhaps the ratio of AC input to DC charger output is 93% ?

Tony Williams

Ok, I think the battery symbol thing is just crazy. 93% full with 20 minutes remaining at 38kW makes sense for a 340kWh battery.

eco Logical

Great article Mark, diesels should be banned from urban settings due to their adverse health effects, but this article is encouraging since it shows that diesels will soon be obsolete!

Tony Williams

I think the battery capacity is actually 340kWh…

With 180 miles range, and a typical consumption of 2kWh per mile, that would make the most sense.


Tony, it is in metric which most of the world use, so if you are US based you will not understand the readout.


As far as I know, a Watt is an SI unit, along with Ampere, Volt, meter, gram, Newton, Joule, etc.

Micke Larsson

Oh the irony of electric vehicles in a country with something like 90% fossil electricity….

I know it’s still better than a diesel bus but it’s kind of impressive of a country to be so far behind in the transition to clean electricity.


Still most of this is natural gas. Almost no coal it seems.

Natural gas EVs are way better than ICE cars, both from a global warming and a particulate-matter perspective.

And eventually the renewable % will increase, so it can only get better not worse.