Last Friday, Chinese energy technology company BYD announced the production of its 50,000th pure electric bus, nine years since production began. The milestone follows the departure of a K9UB 12-meter pure electric bus for Spain from BYD’s Hangzhou testing facility.
With all the talk in Ireland about emissions and the agriculture sectors negative contribution to our environment, how many of the 50,000 all-electric buses manufactured by BYD to date has the Irish Government grant aided for public transport in our cities… you guessed it – Zero!
BYD boasts the world’s largest selection of battery electric buses, and a clientele that spans across 300 cities around the world. The K9UB pure electric bus that was exported to Spain features an all-new styling, with a capacity of 80 passengers. As Spain’s largest 12-meter pure electric bus, this bus will be operated by local operator TUBASA and is expected to enter service in Badajoz, a city in southwestern Spain this spring.
BYD entered Spain’s electric bus sector in 2017, and currently has orders from various cities such as Valencia, Saint Cugat, Badalona and Badajoz. To date, BYD is the only Chinese company to enter the Spanish electric bus market successfully.