BYD has confirmed an order for the first ever pure electric buses for Jerusalem, the capital city of Israel. The order, for seven 12 metre BYD electric buses, is based on an earlier tender won by BYD in 2016.
Seventeen buses were supplied to Haifa, a port city in the north of Israel, and have been in operation with public transport operator Egged since mid-2017. Due to the excellent performance of those 17 vehicles in Haifa, especially on hilly terrain, Egged decided to place this additional order for electric buses in Jerusalem. Jerusalem is situated in a mountainous area and lies 800m above sea level.
The order is part of a larger project, fully supported by the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Environment in Israel, and serves as a spearhead for experimenting and introducing technology for alternative transportation in the public transportation market in Israel.
It is the basis for a green revolution in the field of electric public transportation in metropolitan centres.
The electric buses are expected to be delivered in the first quarter of 2019.
Isbrand Ho, Managing Director at BYD Europe, said: “We are on a winning streak. In the past weeks we confirmed orders for Italy and Norway and we are now pleased to announce our second order for Israel. And there is more to come. The 17 buses that have been running in Haifa for almost a year are performing very well in the hilly and hot area and we are sure that these seven buses will live up to that.”