BYD Secures Nottingham Electric Bus Tender

APR 26 2015 BY MARK KANE 10

 Nottingham Electric City

Nottingham Electric City

BYD announced “a potential game changer” as the company received a purchase contract for 13 electric buses (12m long) to Nottingham City Council (NCC), along with associated charging equipment.

What’s special about Nottingham, UK? Well, Nottingham is the electric city with largest fleet of 45 electric buses in Europe and for any manufacturer it would be smart to add Nottingham to the portfolio.

Delivery of BYDs is expected in late 2015.

“The bus purchase has been facilitated by a £1.4m grant from the DfT Green Bus Fund. The remaining funds of £2.1m have been raised via the NCC Workplace Parking Levy. This builds on the existing fleet of 45 electric buses and expanding tram project within the city of Nottingham. NCC is working in partnership across Greater Nottingham to encourage all modes of transport – buses, taxis, trams, bikes and cars – to move onto a sustainable electric platform, with more power generated locally via waste incineration and PV panels.

In the multi million pound purchase contract, BYD, which plans to deliver the vehicles in late 2015, is providing a five-year warranty on its proven power train components based on the company’s renowned Iron-Phosphate battery technology. BYD is the biggest producer of pure electric buses in the world and its 12m ebus has been trialled in 42 major European cities. Operators have experienced considerable operating cost benefits thanks to the lower price of electricity versus diesel.

The buses for Nottingham City Council will arrive with a comprehensive service support package which includes training for drivers and maintenance engineers.”

Jane Urquhart, Nottingham City Council Portfolio Holder for Planning and Transportation, said the electric buses already operating in the city have helped to reduce noise and improve air quality:

“As a council we are committed to providing sustainable transport solutions, more electric buses will mean reduced operating costs and deliver clear environmental and health benefits when compared to operating traditional diesel powered buses.”

Isbrand Ho, Managing Director, BYD Europe said:

“This purchase order is a potential game changer for BYD. Nottingham is recognized as being at the forefront of innovative public transport solutions and has prior experience operating electric buses from other manufacturers. The fact that Nottingham City Council has now selected our ebuses after a comprehensive evaluation programme involving a variety of competitors is highly significant. We are expecting that other major operators will follow Nottingham’s lead.”

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This article shows you how stupid the people are who run the bus system in Vancouver, BC.

If the Brits can do it then why not us?

Check out this article and the reader comments.

You may have a point. According to the article you refer to Vancouver rejected battery electric buses because they cost more than (all amounts in US dollars) $820K compared to $336K for Diesel buses.

This article suggests that 13 BYD buses go for £3.5 million which would amount to just $409K a pop. Shouldn’t be to hard to make up a $70K price difference in fuel and maintenance savings.

That’s my point exactly.

Governments don’t really want mass adoption of EVs because they don’t want to lose tax revenue from gas sales. No one in government will openly state that but the mighty dollar is the bottom line.

Why else would governments support Hydrogen Fuel cars? Because they can add their sales tax at the pump.

Public transport often get gas tax exemptions

I think it’s more the current Canadian love affair with extracting Tar Sands oil and other super-dirty fossil fuels. Seems like the entire country’s political culture has fallen hostage to the fossil-fuel lobby.


As a Brit, I would like to officially go on record and object to your intonation that if ‘we’ can do it… 🙂

That bus looks angry. I don’t want to board it 😉

it does look angry, I definitely want to ride it.

I live just over an hour away from Nottingham. I WILL go and board it.
It will be a strange experience to ride on a quiet and fume free bus!
Actually, it will be a strange experience being on a bus full stop. The last one I rode on has got to be about thirty years ago. Well you don’t do you, when you have a car…