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Technology leader BYD is electric in logistics

BYD is presenting its innovative technology solutions this week at SIL Barcelona, with a line-up of pure electric vehicles for intralogistics and transportation. It tells us that for the first time, logistics managers can source their electric forklifts and electric commercial vehicles from a single manufacturer, soon to be operating across all of Europe with a full network.

If you are not familiar with BYD Company Ltd., it is one of China’s largest privately-owned enterprises. Since its inception in 1995, the company quickly developed solid expertise in rechargeable batteries. It his 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.

Featuring BYD Iron-Phosphate battery technology, BYD’s comprehensive range of warehouse trucks will be shown for the first time in Iberia. They are joined at SIL by BYD’s IFOY Award-nominated ECB50 counterbalance forklift truck, as well as one example of its zero-emissions pure electric commercial vehicles.

“Businesses seeking reliable, latest-generation electric warehouse and commercial vehicles across their logistics operations now need only to speak with BYD,” says Javier Contijoch, Vice President of Sales at BYD Europe. “With our proven market-leading battery technology at the heart of our vehicles, supported by a growing nationwide distribution network, we can offer businesses a competitive advantage by choosing BYD forklifts and trucks.”

“As one of the pioneers of the development and manufacture of lithium iron phosphate batteries across multiple industrial disciplines, we have unrivalled understanding and experience of the entire pure electric vehicle ecosystem – a claim no other single supplier can make.”

The batteries utilised across the BYD range of pure electric vehicles offer outstanding performance and reliability, amounting to industry-leading Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). When compared to equivalent vehicles powered by traditional lead acid batteries, BYD Iron-Phosphate batteries require lower maintenance, have a shorter charge time, a longer working life, and use up to 40 per cent less energy. Furthermore, BYD’s batteries can be opportunistically charged during short breaks in operations, thus guaranteeing maximum uptime at the lowest-possible cost.

BYD’s proven technology is currently deployed at distribution centres, ports, transport hubs and airports across Europe, and often operated under challenging time constraints in extreme conditions. Under normal operating conditions, the decision to choose BYD as a supplier of your workplace transport will be rewarded by a typical Return on Investment (ROI) of approximately four years. Supported by the assurance of BYD’s industry-leading eight-year battery warranty, its workplace vehicles can generate considerable savings over the course of their working life.

Both forklifts and commercial vehicles are distributed by BYD’s selected forklift dealers, ensuring customers are never far from their single-source supplier. Whether you are a single-truck user, or the operator of a large fleet of forklifts and trucks, BYD has the capacity to supply and service your equipment across the entire Iberian Peninsula. Furthermore, in the unlikely event of your local BYD dealer not having a critical part in stock, BYD’s centrally-located parts warehouse in Rotterdam ensures rapid delivery of spare parts, often within a 24-hour window.

BYD tells us that with some exciting new product introductions in the pipeline – particularly in its commercial and industrial vehicles and tow-tractor offering – the manufacturer is in the process of expanding and enhancing its dealer network to match its considerable ambition for the European market. To that end it wants to hear from established forklift or commercial dealers wishing to increase their potential future opportunities by offering the BYD range.


BYD showcasing its first pure electric light commercial vehicle
Alongside the BYD range of intralogistics equipment on display at SIL is the first pure electric commercial vehicle, BYD tells us about what they describe as their incredible urban delivery minivan. The 2600kg capacity minivan has a range of 300km, and can be charged from empty to full in 90 minutes using BYD’s pioneering fast-charging technology in tandem with its battery management software.

BYD pure-electric minivan
As a precursor to introducing its full range of BYD Iron-Phosphate-powered pure electric commercial vehicles to European markets next year, technology leader BYD is showing their brand-new market-leading compact van zero-emission vehicle to SIL 2019 in Barcelona.

With BYD’s van powered by their Iron-Phosphate battery-power, the zero-emission LCV is centre stage on its stand. BYD is showing SIL visitors a vehicle with a capacity of 920 kg, alongside key products from its range of warehouse and fork lift trucks. BYD says that it is truly the only single-source supplier to businesses seeking to drive efficiency, cost savings and a lower carbon footprint throughout their storage, handling and distribution operations.

The new van is designed for urban deliveries requiring a quiet, efficient, reliable and zero-emission vehicle, the attractive BYD panel van leads the way with its 300km range, rapid low-to-full charging time of just 1.5 hours, a load capacity of 920kg and proven long-life BYD Iron-Phosphate (NMC) battery technology.

The acclaimed features a durable metal floor and internal side protection, sliding doors as standard on both sides, and three standard charging options: home charging 1.6kW AC; home-charging 3.3kW AC (optional 6.6kW AC); and fast-charging 40kW DC. This is on top of the comfortable and well-equipped interior, and features designed to make the electric minivan manoeuvrable and easy to drive.

The other commercial vehicles being showcased on BYD’s stand at SIL 2019 include:
BYD 7.5t Electric Truck – Featuring the largest battery (120kWh) of all 4000kg capacity trucks, the next-generation BYD can be fully charged in just 1.3 hours. Visitors to SIL will get an exclusive opportunity to pre-order this high-capability, zero-emission flagship vehicle and become among the first customers in Europe to take delivery early next year.

A proven leader in lithium iron phosphate battery technology, and with high-profile European reference sites such as Transport for London, BYD’s reliable and efficient advanced battery technology is at the heart of its range of commercial vehicles, buses, coaches, forklift trucks and tow tractors. As businesses seek new solutions to reduce or eliminate the carbon footprint of their logistics operations, they are increasingly turning to BYD for their market-leading zero-emission pure electric vehicles.

Referencing the technological advantages that have arisen from more than two decades of pioneering engineering and high levels of investment in development – something that manifests itself in the form of thousands of patents held by BYD – BYD Europe’s Vice President of Sales, Javier Contijoch, says the BYD Iron-Phosphate battery technology at the heart of all BYD vehicle product ranges enables tremendous synergies:

“Following a crossover strategy, BYD has incorporated all application segments into its innovative development, generating synergy effects. The diverse breadth of applications in various electric vehicle and equipment product ranges and system compatibility remain unrivalled. Today, BYD’s new energy solutions are successfully deployed in over 50 countries and regions worldwide for a zero-emission energy ecosystem, affordable solar energy, reliable energy storage and in particular for innovative electric transport vehicles such as those on display at SIL in Barcelona.”