BYD Shows Off Its Newest Electric Bus


BYD Shows Off Its Newest Electric Bus

BYD Shows Off Its Newest Electric Bus

BYD came to the UITP (International Union of Public Transport) Show in Milan, Italy with a new version of its electric bus.

According to the Chinese manufacturer, which is calling itself the world’s largest maker of pure electric full size buses, the new model is heavily enhanced.

“The BYD stand features a heavily enhanced and Europeanised version of its 12m full size single decker bus. Much improved battery technology means that only two battery packs are necessary (all previous models in Europe have had three packs), allowing increased passenger space in a typical European layout, improved driver visibility and reduced weight. Despite the smaller batteries the bus is still capable of delivering 260km on a single charge when measured against UITP’s own SORT test standard.”

Additionally, BYD announced that an 18m articulated ebus and 10.2m double decker for London will be unveiled later this year at the Busworld event in Belgium, while a new short 8m midi bus was already launched in China.

BYD Europe’s Managing Director Isbrand Ho said:

“There no longer any viable reasons not to go pure electric. We can meet any range requirement. We can provide a wide range of specifications and vehicle sizes. We can dramatically improve total cost of ownership compared to diesel buses. BYD will in due course be able to offer European operators European-built buses. We don’t build diesel buses; we only offer totally emissions free public transportation – from the start, all the time, for every kilometre.”

“So, I earnestly urge you, go back and consider why Europe is still waiting when proven pure electric buses are ready to carry European passengers and also enhance European cities’ air quality. Not tomorrow but today!”

Ho argued too buy electric instead of hybrids:

“Hybrid, which was meant to be only a stop-gap solution, is unsustainable. It’s too expensive with two drivetrains on the same vehicle, a vehicle which is still polluting. But in Europe, hybrid is popular for two doubtful reasons. Firstly, local and national incentive programmes encourage the use and production of hybrid buses in an attempt to protect the traditional bus industries. Secondly, bus operators are sometimes ill equipped to fully understand the full range capabilities of an electric bus. We need to accelerate our efforts to help those operators understand.”

BYD launches latest pure electric ebus at UITP and challenges the transport industry

BYD launches latest pure electric ebus at UITP and challenges the transport industry

Category: Bus, BYD


7 responses to "BYD Shows Off Its Newest Electric Bus"
  1. It’s odd that BYD didn’t contrast with hydrogen.

    I guess they see just diesel and hybrid diesel as competition?

    1. GSP says:

      Yes, of course.

      Hydrogen is not really competition. But who knows, maybe next century.


    2. finecadmin says:

      Oh wait, it was:

      And now it isn’t. Ballard’s own hometown of Vancouver couldn’t even justify the local-jobs ruse.

  2. Nathanael says:

    The bus companies are nearly all getting very serious about battery-electric buses. BYD has at least five competitors within China. Outside China, New Flyer is pushing its electric buses pretty hard. And then there’s the startups like Proterra.

    This is quite a contrast to the “what, me worry?” reaction of the gasmobile companies in the car industry.

  3. Nathanael says:

    Mark Kane: you’ve written a lot of good articles on electric buses.

    But looking back through the archives, there’s some odd *manufacturer bias*. Plenty of BYD articles and Proterra articles, quite a lot of Volvo / Nova articles…. couldn’t find a single New Flyer article.

    New Flyer’s now running battery-electrics in Winnipeg, and trial sales are going on in several other places (I rode one in Chicago).

    Perhaps you could make an effort to do an occasionally comprehensive list of the electric bus manufacturers, the way your colleagues do a list of electric car manufacturers, so that you don’t “miss” major manufacturers in this manner?

  4. Carl Christiance says:

    Would like to contact byd in CA. can you help me. ?
    thank you

  5. TomArt says:

    Great news – glad to see such an attitude from a global manufacturer!