FIRST BYD EBUSES IN ITALY
Three ebuses arrived in the Piazza Castello in Turin to be met by an audience of civic leaders and officials including the President of the Piedmont Region Sergio Chiamparino, the Mayor of Turin Chiara Appendino and The Piedmont operator GTT's President and CEO Walter Ceresa.
The three BYD ebuses are the first of a fleet of 23 which are being delivered after BYD won Italy’s first big tender for 12 metre pure electric buses which was awarded in September last year. Twenty of the buses will serve routes in Turin with a further three going to nearby Novaro.
The long range, full size ebuses will operate on Piedmont Region’s urban transport networks connecting the city centres with suburban areas. BYD will also supply full service support for 10 years.
The tender announced by GTT (Gruppo Torinese Trasporti) in the Autumn of 2015 was the first and most important modular tender for the purchase of large electric buses in Italy. GTT, owned by the City of Turin, serves a metropolitan area with 2 million citizens and operates a fleet of more than 1,100 buses.