BEAUVAIS, France – BYD is making good progress after launching its electric bus and coach manufacturing business in France in the autumn of 2018.
In a very short time, BYD’s manufacturing plant in Allonne near Beauvais in the Hauts-de-France region has assembled three models of pure electric buses for the cities of Beauvais, Dunkirk and Orléans, proving its ability to quickly produce zero emission buses for cities of different sizes.
Beauvais, the first BYD customer in France, received two pure electric buses it purchased from BYD in early December. The two 12-meter buses, which serve the regular route from the Beauvais-Tillé airport to the City Hall and train station, as well as on an express liaison shuttle bus route to the hotels, were well-received by the local residents.
The city of Dunkirk placed an order for three 8.7-meter Midibus for the DK’ Bus network managed by Transdev. All these three buses were delivered to the city before Christmas, and they will be running in January on route 16 which connects many key locations in the city center such as the train station, the university and the town hall. The buses will operate all day long with a single electrical charge enabling them to complete their 200 km daily itinerary and then be recharged at the depot during the night.
An 18-meter articulated bus ordered by Keolis Orléans Val de Loire was also delivered by BYD before Christmas. The bus is expected to enter service in January to run on the routes of the Tao network of Orléans Métropole alongside other conventionally-powered vehicles.
“We are very proud of this first quarter of progress in France,” said Isbrand Ho, managing director of BYD Europe. “BYD has demonstrated its ability to offer bus models that meet the needs of cities despite a variety of different operational demands. Many other cities have already placed orders for the coming year and we are confident that this is the beginning of a fruitful collaboration between BYD and French bus operators to make transport cleaner.”