HILVERSUM, the Netherlands – BYD signed a contract here with Connexxion Public Transport, the Dutch subsidiary of Transdev, to sell eight pure electric buses to the company on January 11.
This batch of buses is the second order from European market this year after the first order for 10.8-meter electric buses at the beginning of the new year from London.
There are already 35 BYD pure electric buses running at Amsterdam Airport, which have received good recognition from customers there.
The eight electric buses ordered will be put into operation in Haarlem city in September this year. Each bus is expected to cover 85,000 to 90,000 km per year, with huge reduction of emissions of harmful exhaust gases when compared with diesel-powered vehicles. Moreover, BYD’s electric buses are much cheaper to operate, thanks to the lower cost of electrical energy.
“We are excited to take an important step in improving the sustainability of the Haarlem region,” said Eric van Eijndhoven, managing director of Public Transport for Connexxiion. “These electric buses have already proven themselves, completing hundreds of millions of passengers/kilometres around the world. We know our passengers and other residents will appreciate these quiet electric buses when they enter service.”
Isbrand Ho, managing director of BYD Europe, said: “This is a highly significant order for BYD coming from Dutch subsidiary of one of Europe’s largest public transport operators. In the closing weeks of 2016 we announced major orders from city bus operators in the UK and Italy and we have further good news to reveal very soon from a number of sources. The electric bus revolution is right here, right now and we are delighted that BYD is leading it!”
Connexxion is a leading public transport operator in the Netherlands with 10,000 working staff and provides all-around transport services including bus, taxi, ferry and train. Its parent company Transdev is one of the biggest transportation enterprises in Europe with 83,000 employees in 19 countries across the world. Transdev takes charge of 43,000 units of transport tools and 22 tramcar networks.