BYD TO PROVIDE E-BUS FLEET FOR OPERATION NEAR THE ARCTIC CIRCLE
BYD has received an order for a further 13 eBuses from Nobina – bus operator in Sweden and the Nordic region. The new price-winning 12-metre models are destined for the town of Piteå in the north-east of Sweden. For BYD it will be the most northerly location in Europe to have their e-buses runing. It is close to the arctic circle at latitude 65.31º north.
Following delivery of these 13 eBuses in summer 2021, Nobina’s BYD fleet in Sweden will total 125 vehicles, with a presence in nine major Swedish towns and cities. Nobina has the largest BYD bus fleet throughout the Nordic region, with over 160 BYD eBuses now on order or in operation, including 44 vehicles in service in Norway and Denmark. For BYD this order for the far northern region of Sweden provides the ideal opportunity to demonstrate the capability of pure electric technology in extremely cold environments.
The eBus Nobina has ordered recently was awarded the “iF Design Award”. The commendation, in the public transport category, was awarded to BYD’s 12-metre model and specifically for its innovative ‘Home from Home’ design concept. “Interior and exterior treatments come together to produce a vehicle which delivers on functionality and emotion, and, crucially for the iF Design Award judges, one that bears witness to an imaginative design evoking a very real sense of welcome, delight and inspiration”, according to BYD. No fewer than 70 individual design experts from 20 countries undertook a scrupulous appraisal of the BYD product, including a presentation in January from BYD’s research and development representatives to jury members in Hamburg. The iF DESIGN AWARD judges deliberated on a range of design criteria, including innovation & elaboration, aesthetics, functionality, responsibility and positioning. The award ceremony should be in May, but Covid-19…