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BYD secures second airport order in Europe

BYD has secured an order for 30 of its 12 metre ebuses from Brussels Airport Company (BAC), operator of Zaventem Airport which serves the capital city of Europe.

BYD entered a 10-year service support contract to ensure the ebuses deliver reliable and consistent service in its role of transferring arriving and departing passengers between aircraft and the terminal buildings.

The 30 pure electric buses have a length of 12 metres, three doors and are equipped with state of the art design offering free Wi-Fi on board, USB ports for charging and digital displays with the latest flight information.

BYD supplied 30 of its own-designed charging units to enable the ebuses to be charged overnight in the terminal. They are similar to the special charging depot in Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, where BYD has had a fleet of 35 of its ebuses running since June 2015.

Arnaud Feist, CEO of Brussels Airport Company: “The electric bus project fits in with Brussels Airport’s ambition to drive down its carbon dioxide emissions by 40 per cent by 2030 (compared to 2010).”

Isbrand Ho, Managing Director at BYD Europe: “Airport operators all over the world face immense pressure to reduce their carbon footprints. Within current technology little can be done about the emissions from the aircraft but now a serious impact can be made on the noxious outputs from ground service vehicles.”