BYD WINS SICILIAN ORDER FOR ELECTRIC MIDIBUSES
The municipality of Messina, one of the main cities of Sicily in southern Italy, has placed an order for 13 BYD midibuses. The Messina order will be delivered in two batches and both within this year.
The BYD midibuses have a length of 8.7 metre and are equipped with two doors and have capacity for 53 passengers. The purchase is made possible with the fund of the National Operational Programme called NOP Metropolitan Cities 2014-2020, which focuses on the renewal and technological upgrade of the local public transport in 14 Italian metropolitan cities. The ebuses, purchased by the municipality, will be assigned on loan to Messina public transport operator ATM. The contract was recently signed in the presence of the Mayor of Messina, Cateno De Luca, between the General Secretary, Antonio Le Donne, and Managing Director at BYD Europe, Isbrand Ho.
The tender won by BYD is the first for new generation electric buses in southern Italy. Earlier this year Turin, also placed an order for 13 midibuses. They are soon to be delivered to the northern city. A week before BYD was able to announce another order from an Italian city. Padua, in northern Italy, placed an order for six 12 metre ebuses. This in addition to the buses which already running in Turin, Milan and Novara.