BYD DELIVERS EBUS FLEET TO SICILLIAN CITY MESSINA
With the delivery end of May of 16 BYD electric 8.7-metre buses the Chinese company states it has now secured over 50% of the total eBus market in Italy. The latest 16 BYD's are taken into service by public transport operator, Azienda Trasporti Di Messina (ATM), in the southern Italian city of Messina on Sicily.
The official fleet hand-over on Friday 31st May – at the famous Piazza del Duomo – will be the culmination of a significant delivery programme for BYD as it supplies ATM with the second largest fleet of zero-emission electric midibuses in Italy;
The 16 BYD eBuses are additional to 28 BYD eBuses which are already in operation in Turin. ATM’s new BYD fleet signals the first full-size eBus fleet for the island of Sicily. The Local Authority operator in Messina also boasts the highest percentage of electric buses (15% of total) within any public transport fleet throughout Italy, as BYD states in its press release. The 8,7 meter BYD has a capacity of 53 passengers. The funding is done via state funding, directly through the municipality of Messina.
This hand-over is the latest in a number of notable sales successes recently for BYD with major Local Authorities across Europe, including transport providers in Madrid, Valencia, Badajoz and Badalona in Spain, Coimbra in Portugal, and ongoing deliveries across Scandinavia. Messina marks an important geographical milestone for BYD in Europe, with BYD eBus products now seen across the full length and breadth of the European continent. Isbrand Ho, Managing Director at BYD Europe, says, “BYD eBuses are now seen in service right across Europe – north, south, east and west.”