BYD Delivers 33 New Electric Buses to Barbados Transport Board
Editor's Note: I know that this is a story about the island country of Barbados buying 35 Electric Buses from BYD, but as I was getting this story ready for inclusion in The Auto Channel million pages of auto content I couldn't but remember the wonderful visits I have had in Barbados. It offered me everything you would want in a visit...beaches, food, history, clean safe streets, The Barbados Arts Council, Oldest Synagogue in the Western Hemisphere, sa great fish market...most importantly it is populated by wonderful friendly interesting people...If I had the chance of publishing The Auto Channel from Barbados for 12 months I surely would, sounds like heaven to me...
Barbados - On August 22, BYD delivered the first electric bus fleet for public transport in the Caribbean, opening up an exciting new chapter in the region’s efforts to tackle climate change. BYD, Megapower LTD and the Barbados Transport Board launched 33 new electric buses on to the Bajan streets, which represents one of the largest public transport systems per capita in the Americas. Additionally, 2 more buses will come by this December to totally complete 35 buses.
This event represents a particularly important goal for Barbados National Climate Change Plan, which has been designed to achieve the island nation’s goals for 100% renewable energy and carbon neutrality by 2030.
The tender process was launched in August 2019 by the Transport Board for pure electric ten-meter buses, to provide new technology and sustainable transport solutions to Barbados.
The Transport Board is thrilled to partner with BYD and Megapower Ltd, BYD’s local representative, on this project. This initiative solidifies the Government's commitment to reducing the use of fossil fuels by 2030.
The introduction of electric buses into the existing fleet of the Transport Board will assist in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of public transport in Barbados. The buses were specifically designed for the Barbados market and come equipped with wheelchair accessibility, WIFI and USB charger connectors, promising a quiet, comfortable, and emissions-free ride.
BYD, the world’s largest manufacturer of electric vehicles continues to rapidly expand throughout Latin America with a firm commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, solving urban congestion with 100% electric transport solutions. BYD taxis and buses currently operate in more than 300 cities in 50 countries and regions across 6 continents.
BYD Company Ltd. is one of China’s largest privately owned enterprises. Since its inception in 1995, the company quickly developed solid expertise in rechargeable batteries and became a relentless advocate of sustainable development, successfully expanding its renewable energy solutions globally with operations in over 50 countries and regions. Its creation of a Zero Emissions Energy Ecosystem – comprising affordable solar power generation, reliable energy storage, and cutting-edge electrified transportation – has made it an industry leader in the energy and transportation sectors. BYD is listed on the Hong Kong and Shenzhen Stock Exchanges. More information on the company can be found at http://www.byd.com
On June 30, 2020, the Barbados Government announced the introduction of the 12-month Barbados Welcome Stamp. This new remote work programme establishes a visa to allow people to work remotely in Barbados for a maximum for 12 months. The visa is available to anyone who can meet the visa requirements and whose work is location independent, whether individuals or families.
Welcome to Barbados!
On behalf of our beautiful island of Barbados, I would like to extend a warm welcome to you. Although the COVID 19 pandemic has been a tremendous challenge to people around the world, we believe it has also opened up opportunities.
We recognize more people are working remotely, sometimes in very stressful conditions, with little option for vacation. Our new 12 month Barbados Welcome Stamp, a visa that allows you to relocate and work from one of the world’s most beloved tourism destinations.
We believe we have something very special to offer on this little rock we call Barbados. Our friendly people, professional services, commitment to education and importantly safety and security, all make Barbados an ideal place to live for both singles and families.
Thank you for considering making Barbados your new home.
Mia Amor Mottley, Q.C., M.P.
Prime Minister of Barbados
BARBADOS INTERNET ACCESS
As a country with one of the highest standards of living in the developing world, Barbados offers an excellent world-class telecommunications and mosy utilities available island wide.
Globally, the country of Barbados was ranked by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and UNICEF to be one of the most wired countries in the world on a per capita basis. Telecommunication and cellular services in Barbados are provided by Digicel and FLOW, who both boost an advanced island-wide