BYD electric bus in London
BYD surprised us by entering the Japanese market as the first Chinese automaker to sell vehicles there.
In the beginning, five all-electric buses with range of more than 250 km (155 miles) were delivered to the Kyotokyukou Bus Incorporated in Kyoto.
According to the press release, BYD's EV buses around the world completed more than 40 million kilometers of "in revenue service".
"Kyotokyukou Bus Incorporated has taken delivery of 5 Long Range Battery Electric Buses from industry pioneer BYD Company Ltd. The delivery ceremony held was widely covered as it not only represented electrified public transportation, but also Japan, a nation built on engineering excellence, for the first time acquiring high tech vehicles from their neighbor, China.
The BYD electric buses will be operated in the former Japanese capital of Kyoto, a well known battleground for carbon emissions reduction thanks to the globally renowned Kyoto Protocol. One of Japan's largest transit operations, Kyotokyukou Bus Inc. will take possession of the first 5 BYD Electric Buses."
Sakabe Mitsuo, Director of Kyoto's Ministry of Transportation stated:
"It's a milestone for Kyoto's public transportation to operate the pure electric buses. The BYD pure electric buses will demonstrate entirely environmentally friendly. We will do more to improve environment quality."
Liu Xueliang, general manager of BYD's Asia pacific auto group commented:
"The Japanese market has stringent requirements for technology and quality, the delivery of the BYD buses means a great recognition for BYD as well as for China's technology and quality. We believe that BYD electric bus could provide more comfortable and greener transportation experiences to the citizens in Kyoto."