BYD strengthens position in European cities, gets order for 12-metre e-buses from Spain and Portugal

BYD strengthens position in European cities, gets order for 12-metre e-buses from Spain and Portugal

New Delhi: BYD, the leading New Energy Vehicle (NEV) manufacturer, has received new orders for its best-selling 12-metre eBus model from Public Transport Operators (PTOs) in Spain and Portugal, further strengthening its position as the preferred electric bus supplier for a number of major PTOs across the Iberian Peninsula.

The company has received a new order for two 12-metre eBuses from Transportes Urbanos de Santander (TUS) – the first-ever electric bus for northern Spain’s coastal city of Santander, BYD said in a release.

It has also received an order for an additional five pure-electric, 100% emissions-free, 12-metre BYD eBuses from the Coimbra Municipal Transportation Service (SMTUC) in Portugal scheduled for delivery before the end of this year. Eight vehicles were supplied to the Portuguese PTO in 2019.

Isbrand Ho, managing director of BYD Europe, added, “We’re proud to have been entrusted with the supply of the first-ever electric buses to TUS for the beautiful city of Santander, and with a second-order from SMTUC to Coimbra. It is fitting that the two cities of such historical importance should be respected with completely clean, noise-free public transport.”

“Several tests with electric vehicles have been carried out in Santander to evaluate the potential of this technology. We can already say we’re prepared for their introduction and look forward to them joining the fleet,” Gema Igual, Mayor of Santander, said.

The repeat order from SMTUC comes following the excellent in-service experience, with the existing BYD fleet meeting the demands of Coimbra’s challenging route profiles, the company added.

The China-based company is now present in towns and cities throughout the Iberian Peninsula, with over 80 eBuses currently in service, collectively clocking up over 5 million zero-emission km and offsetting 5,000 tonnes in CO2 emissions.

BYD now has 2,000 pure-electric vehicles either delivered or on order with Local Authorities and PTOs throughout Europe, the release said.

News source- Economic Times

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