The Municipal Transport Company of Madrid, EMT Madrid has taken the delivery of the 30 electric buses from BYD, ahead of the programmed hand-over schedule in Spain’s largest-ever single order for electric buses.
The upshift in the delivery schedule is even more impressive given the many and varied restrictions on travel, shipping and other logistical complications brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.
The hand-over follows an initial 15 BYD 12-metre electric buses delivered to EMT Madrid in May, 2020 – the first time BYD had supplied vehicles into the Spanish capital. Since entering service, EMT Madrid’s 15-strong BYD fleet has topped over 300,000 km, reducing CO2 emissions approximately by 300,000 kg.
With this year’s new intake of 30 vehicles are complete, a total of 45 BYD electric buses will be in operation for EMT Madrid – one of Spain’s largest Public Transport Operators with a fleet of approximately 2,000 vehicles running on a network comprising 218 routes. The BYD fleet is replacing the Madrid-based company’s ageing diesel-powered buses, at the same time significantly contributing towards a cleaner environment in the city.
BYD’s 12-metre electric bus remains the company’s best-selling model in Europe with over 700 units now in operation right across the region, proving their operational productivity and reliability both in the hot, arid conditions of the Iberian Peninsula, and also the extreme cold of northern Scandinavia. As well as reliability, EMT Madrid has been equally impressed with the BYD 12-metre model’s range capability, competitive maintenance costs and manufacturer’s guarantee, thus prompting the repeat order.