COPENHAGEN, Denmark – China’s battery and car maker BYD Auto is set to initiate the test run of its all-electric bus K9 in Copenhagen, according to Xinhua, quoting a news release issued by Movia and Denmark’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on March 10.
BYD will provide two K9 pure electric buses for test run by Movia, Denmark’s biggest public transport agency. The model will be put into use in the second half of 2012 in the capital city after the test.
“The Danish clean-tech industry already has a very good market in China,” said Lene Espersen, Denmark’s foreign minister while commenting on the cooperation project. “But now, Chinese clean-tech companies have also opened their eyes to the possibilities of testing and developing their products in Denmark.”
As BYD’s first pure electric bus model, the K9 rolled off the production line in Changsha on September 30, 2010. The pure electric bus is expected to reduce emissions by 55 percent compared to traditional buses. With a length of 12 meters and width of 2.5 meters, the K9 can be fully charged within four to six hours, and can travel 250 kilometers on a single charge.
BYD and Movia were put in contact with each other via a Danish government investment initiative aimed at improving Denmark’s green-growth competence in foreign markets.
In February, Denmark presented an ambitious clean-energy strategy, which expects to make the country free of fossil fuels by 2050. The country is encouraging investment in electric transport by waiving registration taxes on electric cars.
Movia intends to test the K9 to see if it can replace its existing diesel-powered fleet, and thereby help to reduce pollution and improve urban air quality. Under a two-year pilot scheme, the company will test the bus for operational stability, battery life, running costs and user satisfaction, according to the news release.
The company already runs small electric buses on some Copenhagen routes, but the K9 could become the first full-size electric bus to run on ordinary passenger routes in Europe.
“These BYD buses may prove to be a very interesting alternative for Movia, both environmentally and operationally,” said Dorthe Noehr Pedersen, director of Movia, in a press statement about the partnership.