HANGZHOU, Zhejiang – BYD produced its 50,000th pure electric bus on January 18 since it began production of electric buses nine years ago.
The milestone came when a 12-m K9UB rolled off line at its Hangzhou testing facility, bound for a European customer in Spain. Many cities in Spain including Valencia, Saint Cugat and Badalona have also placed orders with BYD.
With an all-new styling, the K9UB e-bus has a capacity of 80 passengers. As Spain’s largest electric bus, it will be operated by local operator TUBASA and is expected to enter service in Badajoz, a city in southwestern Spain, this spring.
BYD entered Spain’s electric bus sector in 2017 and is the only Chinese company which achieved success in local electric bus market so far, according to a statement from BYD.
BYD began production of K9 pure electric buses in 2010 in Changsha, Hunan Province. During the 26th Summer Universiade in 2011, which was held in Shenzhen, BYD deployed a fleet of 200 K9 e-buses to offer transportation services in the city. Today, BYD’s pure electric buses are running in many major Chinese cities including Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Changsha and Xi’an, and they are also adopted in some medium- to small-sized cities in the country to help ease environmental pollution.
In the overseas market, BYD has gradually grown its international customer base for pure electric buses since the first batch of 35 e-buses was exported to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport in 2013. These include Transport for London, Los Angeles Public Transport Co., Sydney Airport, Stanford University and Facebook.
“Our track record demonstrates a clear market recognition of and trust in BYD products,” said Wang Chuanfu, president and chairman of BYD Co., Ltd. “BYD has set a ‘Gold Standard’ for the pure electric bus market because of its rock-solid product quality, a complete supply chain and product solutions, and leading core technologies in areas such as batteries, motors and electronic controls. This is a thumb’s up for not only China’s electric vehicle industry – but the world’s.”