BYD TO DELIVER FIRST E-BUSES FOR JERUSALEM
Based on an earlier tender won by BYD in 2016 the Chinese bus builder has confirmed a second order to deliver the first electric buses for Jerusalem, the capital city of Israel. The order consists of seven 12 metre BYD e-buses.
With the first order BYD was granted the delivery of 17 buses to Haifa, a port city in the north of Israel. They have been in operation for public transport operator Egged since mid-2017. BYD proudly states that “due to the excellent performance of those 17 vehicles in Haifa, especially on hilly terrain, Egged decided to place this additional order for ebuses in Jerusalem”. Jerusalem is situated in a mountainous area and lies 800m above sea level.
The order is part of a larger project, fully supported by the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Environment in Israel, and serves as a spearhead for experimenting and introducing technology for alternative transportation in the public transportation market in Israel. It is the basis for a green revolution in the field of electric public transportation in metropolitan centres. The 7 buses are expected to be delivered in the first quarter of 2019. It is the third order in a short period of time for BYD after winning tenders in Italy and Norway.