BYD CLAIMS PRODUCTION OF 10,000TH PURE ELECTRIC BUS
It took BYD six years to go from bus number one to its 10,000th. On September 30th, 2010 the first BYD pure electric bus made its debut at the BYD Changsha electric bus factory. This marked the BYD’s entrance into the commercial vehicle market, and also made BYD the first company to start making and marketing a pure electric bus.
BYD has continuously upgraded its bus production line. For urban mobility, the company has launched the K9 (12m/40ft), K8 (10.5m/35ft), K7 (8m/26ft) and K6 (7m/23ft) pure electric transit buses; for long distance passenger transportation, it offers the C10 (14m/45ft), C9 (12m/40ft), C8 (10.5m/35ft), and C6 (7m/23ft) pure electric coaches. Additionally, BYD has developed the world’s first pure electric double decker bus K10 (10m/32ft) and longest articulated bus K11 (18m/60ft). With a broad range of bus configurations, BYD is able to fulfill the toughest client demands anywhere in the world. In 2015, the company sold over 7,500 units of electric buses globally, and at the beginning of this year it already had orders for another 6,434 units, she claims.
Amongst the main efforts to cut down carbon emissions, public transportation electrification figures as one of the most effective, with the most immediate impact. Take China as an example: only 10% of city vehicular fleets are public transportation vehicles, however, these 10% contribute over 30% of city air pollution and GHG emissions. By fully electrifying public transportation, this portion of exhaust pollution can be eliminated once and for all. It is this very environmental impact that drives BYD to move forward, and such benefits – along with substantial cuts in fuel and operational costs – are prompting an increasing number of cities worldwide to adopt the company’s electrified transportation solutions. To date, BYD’s pure electric buses and taxis are operating in over 200 cities in 48 countries worldwide, chiefly the U.S., Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, the UK, Germany, Austria, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, Japan, Thailand, and China. As the world’s largest manufacturer of rechargeable batteries, their mission to create safer and more environmentally friendly battery technologies has led to the development of the BYD Iron Phosphate (or "Fe") Battery. This fire-safe, completely recyclable and long-cycle technology has become the core of their clean energy platform that has expanded into automobiles, buses, trucks, utility vehicles and energy storage facilities. BYD and all of their shareholders, including the great American Investor Warren Buffett, see these environmentally and economically forward products as the way of the future.