Electric Buses Coming To Israel, As BYD Delivers Its First 17 Units

2 months ago by Mark Kane 19

BYD wins first major ebus contract in Israel

Israel intends to improve air quality in Haifa through the introduction of electric buses, as BYD has just won the first major supply contract for 17 single-decker, 12 meter buses.

BYD wins first major ebus contract in Israel

And even higher volume orders could be just around the corner, as Egged – the company that bought these first buses, currently operates almost 3,000 buses in the country.

Each bus is expected to cover 200 km (124 miles) daily, (with A/C on we believe).

“The buses were purchased after BYD won a competitive tender process. The success follows trials of a BYD single decker which has been operating in Tel Aviv, Israel’s second largest city, since 2013.”

Ze’ev Elkin, Israel’s Minister of Environmental Protection, said:

“It’s the beginning of a revolution in the Haifa area which aims to reduce pollution coming from public transportation through the planned investment of 400 million Shekels (€93.6 million)”.

Yisrael Katz, Minister of Transport, said:

“These buses are just the beginning. We aim to introduce green transportation in the Haifa area and around the country”.

Isbrand Ho, Managing Director of BYD Europe, commented:

“This is a very significant development for BYD – a new country for us which recognises the strength of the BYD product. And it’s important to note that it’s the good experience over four years of our trial bus in Tel Aviv that led to this week’s announcement. The proven technology following our existing orders and extensive trials programme will lead us to further sales success in many of the cities in our region that are only now implementing the green transportation that we see in Haifa”.

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19 responses to "Electric Buses Coming To Israel, As BYD Delivers Its First 17 Units"

  1. EVer says:

    Israel has no oil wells, so, they import all their oil; seems to me since all economies are energy dependent, they are way behind in building an oil independent society. If I lived there,I wouldn’t be wasting any time in shifting over to RE and EVs.

    1. mhpr262 says:

      Yep, I think that is the real reason behind that shift. I remember reading that Isreal produces so much energy during the night they don’t know what to do with it.

    2. wavelet says:

      Have you never heard of Project Better Place?
      Google it.
      They got which got a lot of Isralei government regulatory support and waweres the highest-financed startup anywhere (>$1B seed investment) to set up a national BEV network. They failed spectacularly, going bankrupt in 2013, due to mismanagement, after getting ~1000 Renault Fluence ZE cars on the road. After that, noone in Israel has been willing to even mention EVs in public, and only this year are they starting being sold again (i3’s and Renault Zoes, plus a few PHEVs).

      1. Ambulator says:

        Waweres? I’m sure that’s a typo but I can’t figure out what it is supposed to be.

        1. Ambulator says:

          Ok, I think I see. You typed was, decided it should be were, but inserted it between the “a” and “s” instead of replacing it.

      2. Yuval Brandstetter MD says:

        From insider knowledge i can tell you the government killed better place on purpose. For various reasons one is the expectation of natural gas vehicles which bombed. And unhappiness with losing seven billion dollars of gas tax revenue. But now the environmental concerns are so high they cannot be ignored

  2. ziv says:

    Israel has 2 huge natural gas fields, Tamar and Leviathan, that they have developed and are developing, respectively. When Leviathan starts production in 2 years, Israel will have more gas than they can used domestically. So they will be continuing the construction of desalinization plants and will probably start to export both gas and water.
    Tamar is ramping up but it produced around 30×106 m3/d last year and Leviathan will probably produce at least half again that amount.
    Israel is going to have a lot of relatively cheap electricity in the years to come, and these buses will be the first of many.

    1. Jim J Fox says:

      Too late to the party- gas prices are flat & Israel is rich in solar energy. One would think that money would be better spent on panel design & manufacture. But I don’t know…

      1. Jim J Fox says:

        Not to mention- a plum target for Hamas or Hezbollah… & the costs of protection from them.

      2. ziv says:

        Jim, Israel will be able to rely on their own source of energy rather than importing gas or oil. That is huge, whether natural gas prices go up or stay low. The fields are 40 to 60 miles off shore. Terrorists can and will try to take out the production, but they won’t be able to do anything longterm to hinder the Israelis in their development of, and profit from, these fields.

  3. Jim J Fox says:

    Israel- the most innovative country on Earth, has not produced a single EV? Unbelievable.

    1. terry says:

      Israel – the most innovative country on Earth but only in military industry

      1. ziv says:

        Israel has had 12 Nobel Prize winners in the past 50 years, so they are boxing way over their weight with regards to top awards. They have more patents awarded than any nation in their area, as well, and most of the patents are in tech and chemistry, not military applications.

        1 and 2. Arieh Warshel and Michael Levitt — awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry jointly with Martin Karplus.

        3. Dan Shechtman – won the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his studies on atoms in rigid crystals.

        4. Ada E. Yonath – won the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for her studies on the structure and function of the ribosome in cells.

        5. Robert Yisrael Aumann – awarded the 2005 Nobel Prize in Economics for his work on conflict and cooperation through game-theory analysis.

        6 and 7. Aaron Ciechanover and Avram Hershko – awarded the 2004 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their discovery with Irwin Rose of ubiquitin-mediated protein degradation.

        8. Daniel Kahneman – awarded the 2002 Nobel Prize in Economics for his work in prospect theory.

        9 and 10. Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres – won the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize together with Yasser Arafat for the peace talks that produced the Oslo Accords.

        11. Menachem Begin – awarded the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize with Anwar Sadat for signing a peace treaty with Egypt.

        12. Shmuel Yosef Agnon – awarded the 1966 Nobel Prize in Literature for his “profoundly characteristic narrative art with motifs from the life of the Jewish people,” as the Nobel Prize Committee put it.

    2. zll says:

      They did experiment with an EV initiative called ‘Better Place’, and there’s this startup called StoreDot working on revolutionizing batteries.

  4. joe zychermnan says:

    Israel can replace all of their fossil fuel imports with just covering 4% of the Negev with solar panels.But you hardly see any solar panels on any buildings. Something is very wrong

  5. joe zychermnan says:

    IsrAEL REALLY NEEDS TO GET THEIR RENEWABLE ENERGY PROGRAM MUCH FASTER. oTHER COUNTIES ARE GOING TO BE 100% RENEWABLES VERY SOON. iSRAEL HAS HARDLY STARTED

    1. Yuval Brandstetter MD says:

      Hardly started is wrong. But uts tryind to address the storage problem in a big way using molten salts in thermo solar arrays. The US biggest field in California with hundreds of megawatts is Israeli

  6. Yuval Brandstetter MD says:

    Halllelllluya. Haifa is badly polluted. Time to clean it up. Then Jerusalem Telaviv and environs. Corection. Those Jerusalem is the most populous city Telaviv is the fulcrum of a two and a half million urban area. Not China polluted but needing improvement none the less I own Bettet Place ZE vehicle. Like the leaf its limited but useful. How useful. Twenty thousand miles annualy at 5 cents a mile using motly my rooftop solar

  7. Yuval Brandstetter MD says:

    200 km is about half of the length of Israel so no real need for a greater range

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