BYD announces largest European EV bus order

BYD said it had secured its largest single order for electric buses in Europe in a deal with Keolis Nederland BV, the Dutch subsidiary of global public transport provider, Keolis.

The order is for 259 eBuses scheduled for programmed delivery from next summer.

"This is a momentous occasion for BYD," said Europe managing director, Isbrand Ho, "and also represents a huge commitment to electric mobility since it becomes the largest European fleet ever switched to electric at one time."

The deal was reached following negotiation to devise a demanding whole-life package which takes into account operational needs and passenger comfort requirements.

The deal was confirmed at Keolis' head office in Deventer with the contract being signed by CEO Frank Janssen and Ho.

This latest order follows a number of recent significant deals for BYD with major public transport operators right across Europe – further reinforcing its strong and leading position in Europe where it has made deliveries and taken orders in nearly 60 cities and more than 10 countries, to date totaling more than 1,200 electric buses.

BYD's 8.7-metre midi bus, 12-metre and new 13-metre eBus models will enter service from the end of 2020 on routes throughout the Netherlands' IJssel-Vecht region, including front-line operations in the municipalities of Zwolle, Apeldoorn and Lelystad.

The 13-metre model is equipped with new upgraded battery technology to provide extended range and city-to-city capability. The majority of the Keolis order comprises 206 of BYD's best-selling 12m model all of which will be equipped with pantographs.

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