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.”