AMSTERDAMJuly 20, 2013--It was announced today at a signing ceremony that BYD Company, Ltd. was selected to supply Europe's largest, ZERO emissions, all-electric bus fleet. The fleet will be used to transfer passengers between airport terminals and aircraft at one of Europe's leading airports; the Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. These 35 BYD buses will enter service in July of 2014 and will replace an ageing fleet of conventionally powered buses. The SUBSS Project (Sustainable Bus System of Schiphol) aims to provide a new generation of emissions-free, plane-side, transfer-vehicles to enhance the airport's image with both the customers and the airline brands. These high-technology buses will reduce maintenance and management costs and improve the overall airport air quality by reducing the emissions of green-house gases (GHGs like CO2 and NOx). The open-public tender was under intense competitive pressure from four other very established suppliers, so this is seen as a major triumph for BYD in the airport-transport industry and it comes at a time when all European airports are under increasing pressures to cut pollutants and reduce green-house gas emissions. "Winning this contract was a vital step in our strategy to deliver emissions-free, public-transport vehicles," said Isbrand Ho, BYD Europe's Managing Director. "We won this contract on the strength of our proven technology and ability to support their 10-year operating contract. We are confident that this high-profile contract will persuade many other bus operators inside and outside the airport business to consider all-electric BYD buses."
“Winning this contract was a vital step in our strategy to deliver emissions-free, public-transport vehicles”
BYD's pure-electric bus employs many advanced technologies developed in-house by BYD's 15,000 engineers including: the advanced environmentally-friendly, Iron-Phosphate (or "Fe") batteries, in-wheel hub motors and regenerative braking. The break-through BYD Iron-Phosphate battery is fire-safe and non-polluting: there are no caustic materials contained in the battery, no toxic electrolytes or heavy metals and can be recycled or safely disposed of. The BYD ebus delivers a host of operational and environmental benefits for the public transport riders and for bus operators -- it is very quiet and ensures a comfortable ride without vibrations, jerks or noise associated with the conventional buses and combustion engines. The bus achieves a superior range because it was built as a unique electric vehicle from the start and not converted from a conventional bus platform design. It features an all-aluminum frame with appropriate weight distribution with an internally developed energy recovery system (during braking). The BYD ebus can drive for 250 km (155 miles) even in heavy city traffic after a full, 5 hour, night-time charge. The BYD ebus is a proven, full-size 12 meter (40 foot) bus which has completed more than 17 million kilometers (10.6 M miles) in revenue service and has been evaluated in many major cities across Europe.
BYD's European headquarters in Rotterdam has been rolling out a wide range of pure-electric vehicles, including buses and taxis, all as part of its Green City Solutions program. In China, there are already over 1,000 such buses and in the first quarter of 2013 the BYD ebus obtained full European certifications. This allowed the company to start selling buses in the European markets. The Dutch province of Friesland was the first in Europe to place BYD electric buses into service. Orders have been awarded in China, the Netherlands, Finland, Denmark, Uruguay, North and South America. The BYD electric bus has also completed successful evaluations in many European cities including Madrid, Barcelona, Budapest, Salzburg, Milan etc.