BYD, one of the world’s leading manufacturer of new energy vehicles (NEV) and power batteries, has achieved another significant milestone – the delivery of over 70,000 battery-electric buses to customers worldwide.
It is just over a decade since BYD accomplished a ‘world-first’ when its pure-electric bus fleet first entered commercial operation, these buses have covered over 3.4 billion miles. The operation of BYD buses has reduced CO2 emissions by 3.8 million tons.
In Europe alone, BYD has delivered over 1800 electric buses, operating in over 100 major European cities across 20 countries, proving their practicality in all extremes of climatic conditions. Collectively, they have driven over 86 million miles140 million miles, reducing CO2 emissions by 150,000 tons.
BYD is firmly committed to its international ‘bus electrification’ strategies, prioritizing the value of collaborations with partners and suppliers around the world. BYD has had a presence in Europe for over a decade, starting as the first and only company to exhibit an electric bus at BusWorld in 2011. This marked the start of many successful working relationships with customers and supply partners, instrumental to BYD becoming a leading supplier of electric buses in Europe.
Ongoing investment and expansion continue at BYD’s electric bus factory in Hungary supporting its principle of ‘Made in Europe for Europe’. This expansion increases production capacity, with the annual output of a single shift rising to 400 electric buses to meet the ever-growing demand for BYD electric buses in Europe. The factory in Hungary facilitates the production of BYD’s complete electric bus range, from the 8.7m model to the 18m articulated model. It is from this facility where BYD also manufactures the chassis for single and double-decker electric buses destined for the UK market, with the capability of producing 300 units in a single shift.
BYD’s core technologies have been fundamental to its global achievements and recognition, established on the back of 26 years’ experience in battery research and development. BYD is the first and only electric bus manufacturer to produce its own powertrain system, battery, motors, and motor control system, which is beneficial to greater operational efficiencies and reliability.
The electric journey continues to evolve for BYD and extends beyond its electric bus operations. BYD is the world’s leading new energy vehicle manufacturer, with electric trucks, vans and cars also forming part of its product portfolio. BYD delivered over 600,000 NEVs in 2021 alone. Since its entry into the NEV sector, BYD has delivered over 1.5 million new energy vehicles as of December 2021, reducing over 9.3 million tons of CO2 emissions. This is equivalent to planting more than 781 million trees.
“BYD launched its strategy for Public Transport Electrification back in 2010, realizing the need for change in the way the world relied so heavily on fossil fuels for all modes of transport,” said Isbrand Ho, General Manager, Commercial Vehicle Business Centre of BYD Europe. “At the heart of this, has been our ongoing research and development in cutting edge battery and electronic technologies which has been pivotal to us sharing our knowledge and engaging in many successful partnerships around the world. BYD is committed to providing clean, safe solutions that are efficient for operators and kind to the environment.”
BYD is actively supporting the global ‘Cool the Earth by 1oC’ initiative and through this commitment, and its status as the world’s leading NEV manufacturer, is poised to offer innovative green solutions for 2022 and beyond.