Electric bus maker BYD has delivered the first buses to be completely manufactured at its new factory in France – the company’s first full production facility in Europe.
An inaugural ceremony was held last week to mark the delivery of two 12-metre pure electric buses destined for the Agglo du Beauvaisis, the community of the Beauvais area where BYD’s new factory is based.
Beauvais is the first city in France to order BYD electric buses, with the two new ones starting operation in Beauvais this month, between Beauvais-Tillé airport to the City Hall and railway station.
The vehicles, operated by French bus operator Transdev, will drive up to 160km (approx. 100 miles) per day and will be charged overnight at Corolis, a Transdev network Depot in Beauvais.
Isbrand Ho, Managing Director of BYD Europe, said: “We are very pleased to deliver our first eBuses to Beauvais, the region where our plant is established. The French electric bus and coach market is one of the largest in Europe, and that is one of the main reasons why we have chosen our production site to be in Allonne. Here we can optimally serve our French clients, we are close to our customers and we can produce tailor made ebuses with our team of local employees.”