HAIFA BUYS 17 ELECTRIC BYD BUSES
BYD secured an order for 17 electric buses from the north Israel port city of Haifa. The bus fleet will be operated by Egged, a major public transport operator in Israel, BYD said, without disclosing the value of the order.
The single-decker electric bus has a length of 12 meters and is powered by BYD’s iron phosphate batteries, with a range of 250 kilometers (155 miles) on one charge, under urban conditions. It takes five hours to fully charge the vehicle’s batteries.
The Chinese company now builds electric buses in the United States, the United Kingdom and Brazil. It is also constructing bus assembly plants in Hungary, France and Ecuador.
In 2016, BYD delivered 100,183 EVs and plug-in hybrids worldwide, an increase of 70 percent. Its electric bus sales soared 121 percent to 10,000 vehicles last year.
BYD, based in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, is partly owned by U.S. billionaire Warren Buffett. It is listed in Hong Kong and Shanghai.