BYD to supply world’s first electric double decker to London
Commits to deliver zero emissions at Clean Bus Summit
The world’s first pure electric zero emission double decker bus, designed and built by BYD, is to enter service London in October the Mayor of London Boris Johnson has announced.
“Many believed that a pure electric double deck bus would not be possible due to the size of the battery packs required to power it”, a statement from the Mayor said. “However by working with BYD and utilising the latest cutting edge technology London has been able to secure another world first. The new electric double decker trial will see the zero emission double decker buses manufactured by BYD enter service on Route 16 from October”.
The announcement was made at the first Clean Bus Summit attended by representatives from major world cities and bus makers which took place at London’s City Hall this week.
At the Summit BYD Europe agreed to the objectives of the Clean Bus Declaration which includes a commitment to encourage the widespread use of ultra low and zero emission buses by global cities.
Both the Declaration and the Summit are the initiatives of The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, now in its 10th year, which connects more than 75 of the world’s greatest cities, representing 550+ million people and one quarter of the global economy. C40 is focused on tackling climate change and driving urban action that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks, while increasing the health, wellbeing and economic opportunities of urban citizens.
Speaking at the Summit, Isbrand Ho, Managing Director of BYD Europe, had this to say: “We are delighted to be chosen by London as its partner for the world debut of our new pure electric double decker. As the Mayor has said, this is genuinely world beating new technology”.
He added: “Since BYD is by far the world’s largest maker of zero emission pure electric buses and as such is keen to promote their take up and use as quickly as possible we are also pleased to have today supported the Declaration and pledged BYD to helping promote zero – not just ultra low – emission vehicles on the streets of the world’s major cities”, he said.
BYD has already supplied 3,500 of its ebus models and has orders for a further 4,000. The ebuses in service have covered many millions of kilometres of real world passenger carrying service. BYD’s advanced battery technology is fully proven and reliable and delivers exceptional range – most bus routes can be serviced for a full day on a single charge. Operating cost is significantly lower when compared to equivalent diesel vehicles.
BYD welcomes the Clean Bus Summit initiative and looks forward to playing an active role in future discussions.
BYD Company Ltd. is one of China’s largest companies to have successfully expanded globally. Specializing in battery technologies, their green mission to “solve the whole problem” has made them industry pioneers and leaders in several High-tech sectors including High-efficiency Automobiles, Electrified Public Transportation, Environmentally-Friendly Energy Storage, Affordable Solar Power and Information Technology and Original Design Manufacturing (ODM) services.
As the world’s largest manufacturer of rechargeable batteries, their mission to create safer and more environmentally friendly battery technologies has lead to the development of the BYD Iron Phosphate (or "Fe") Battery. This fire-safe, completely recyclable and incredibly long-cycle technology has become the core of their clean energy platform that has expanded into automobiles, buses, trucks, utility vehicles and energy storage facilities. BYD and all of their shareholders, including the great American Investor Warren Buffett, see these environmentally and economically forward products as the way of the future.
BYD has made a strong entrance to the North, Central and South American markets with their battery electric buses, and lineup of automobiles. Their mission lies not just in sales growth, but also in sociological integration and local job creation as they have poured incredible investments into developing offices, dealerships and manufacturing facilities in the local communities they now call home, truly a first for Chinese companies. For more information, please visit www.byd.com or www.facebook.com/bydcompany.
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