BYD TO DELIVER 10 ELECTRIC BUSES TO CAMPINAS PUBLIC TRANSPORT FLEET
BYD do Brasil and Campinas City Administration announced this month, the addition of 10 battery-electric buses to the city’s public transportation bus fleet. Campinas is a city in the interior of the state of São Paulo, Brazil, and will be the first in the country to have a fleet of fully electric, zero emission buses operating in its streets.
The model chosen to integrate the fleet in Campinas is the BYD K9, a 12-meter, 4-door, low-floor urban bus, with universal accessibility for passengers with limited mobility. Its innovative design was especially suited to the Brazilian market, and features optimized power performance as compared to its diesel counterpart. The BYD K11 articulated electric bus – which features the longest driving range in the world in the category – had also been demoed to the Mayor, and will soon begin testing in the city.
BYD has chosen Campinas as the basis for its production units in Brazil. The company’s factories – one for electric buses and the other for solar panels, to be opened in the second half of 2015 and first half of 2016, respectively – will supply both Brazilian and Latin American markets. Between 2014 and 2017, BYD will invest around R$ 350 million and generate around 650 jobs.
The electric buses will come as a boon to the people of Campinas, for the fleet will greatly improve residents’ quality of life by significantly reducing air and noise pollution.