NEW BYD QINGDAO PLANT TO PRODUCE 5,000 ELECTRIC BUSES PER YEAR
Chinese electric bus manufacturer BYD Co Ltd's new commercial vehicle factory in Qingdao, Shandong province, recently started production. The facility has the capacity to to manufacture up to 5,000 electric buses annually.
Built at a total cost of 3 billion yuan, the plant covers 66 hectares. It will also be BYD's Shandong headquarters, export center for its electric buses and its research and development center.
BYD delivered the first batch of its K9 electric buses to Qingdao Jowin Group, one of the city's leading public transport operators. K9 is a 42-seat electric bus with a battery range up to 350 kilometers. It has a 12-meter body and other features including an electric air suspension system and a smart key system.
BYD, by far the world's largest maker of pure electric buses, as it claims, was demonstrating its commitment to the important French bus and coach market recently by showing its vehicles at the Transport Publics event in Paris. BYD is underlining the strength of its offering by announcing orders for 16 of its all new pure electric buses and coaches to French operators together with a trial with renowned Paris operator RATP and the unveiling of its 12 metre single deck bus – being displayed for the first time in France on its stand at the Show.
The BYD stand featured a heavily enhanced and Europeanised version of its 12m full size single deck bus. Much improved battery technology means that only two battery packs are necessary, allowing increased passenger space in a typical European layout, improved driver visibility and reduced weight.
The 12m ebus on show is similar in specification to the fleet of 35 ebuses which BYD has supplied to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, the first in the world to go pure electric for its airside passenger transportation.
The 12m BYD ebus is the first in a full range of BYD pure electric buses for the European market which support BYD’s „green city” vision of offering electric solutions in each passenger carrying category.