BYD Co. Ltd. has deployed six electric buses for public transit organization Arriva in Schiermonnikoog, The Netherlands, representing a 100% shift to alt-fuel transportation for the bus fleet.
BYD's electric bus model is a full-size, 40-foot transit vehicle powered entirely by iron phosphate batteries. The buses are designed to be charged at night and can provide service all day without requiring another charge.
‘They are the first – but certainly not the last – BYD electric buses to go into passenger carrying service in Europe, and we anticipate further significant orders following the successful trials programs we have undertaken in many locations,’ says Isbrand Ho, managing director of BYD Europe BV.
BYD notes that it has signed a 15-year maintenance contract to support the buses in service and will be employing locally recruited mechanics to handle the work.