Last week, BYD entered the European market by netting an order for six electric buses for the Dutch island of Schiermonnikoog.  The Chinese manufacturer won the order via an open tender (call for bids).  The buses officially went into service on May 2nd.

Delivery of six BYD electric buses to Arriva

Delivery of six BYD electric buses to Arriva

The electric buses will replace some tired and likely used up internal combustion counterparts.

Since the island only has 6 buses, all of which will be replaced by electric BYDs, the island will become the first place in Europe where public transport has been completely electrified.

The BYD buses can accommodate up to 70 people on board, and will operated by local bus company, Arriva.  In addition, Arriva signed a 15-year maintenance contract with BYD.

BYD says that if more European operations show strong interest in their buses, the company will assemble them on a new line in their Bulgaria facility in Eastern Europe.

Earlier, BYD already explored selling buses in the US market, with their first order (10 units) coming from Long Beach Transit.  Those buses will be produced in Lancaster, CA alongside with the battery packs.

BYD says the buses can be charged overnight, but do have enough range to provide service all day long.  Total range is listed at more than 250 km (155+ miles).

Source: BYD - bus announcement/Bulgaria bus production