BYD PRODUCES 50,000 ELECTRIC BUSES IN ONLY 9 YEARS
On January 18 BYD proudly announced the production of its 50,000th pure electric bus, nine years since production began. The milestone follows the departure of a K9UB 12-meter pure electric bus for Spain from BYD’s Hangzhou testing facility.
BYD electric buses are running in 300 cities around the world. The 50,000th K9UB pure electric bus that is exported to Spain features an all-new styling, with a capacity of 80 passengers. This bus will be operated by local operator Tubasa in Badajoz, a city in southwestern Spain. The bus will be handed over this spring. BYD entered Spain’s electric bus sector in 2017, and currently has orders from various cities such as Valencia, Saint Cugat, Badalona and Badajoz. “Our track record demonstrates a clear market recognition of and trust in BYD products,” said Wang Chuanfu, President and Chairman of BYD Company Limited. He says BYD has set a ‘Gold Standard’ for the pure electric bus market. “This is a thumb’s up for not only China’s electric vehicle industry - but the world’s.”
The first K9 pure electric bus was produced in Changsha in 2010. In 2010 BYD proposed its “Public Transportation Electrification” strategy. With Shenzhen’s hosting of the 26th Summer Universiade in 2011 came a turning point, as 200 BYD K9 pure electric buses entered operations in the city. That event saw BYD become the world’s first company to commercialize new energy buses. Today, BYD pure electric buses have not only become commonplace in major Chinese cities like Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Changsha and Xian, but also spread to other medium- to small-sized cities in the country. In addition, BYD has also gradually grown its international customer base for pure electric buses since the first batch of 35 electric buses was exported to Amsterdam Schiphol airport in 2013.