BYD, the world’s leading eBus manufacturer, has picked up an impressive category win at the coveted and globally-recognised iF Design Awards.
The commendation, in the public transport category, was awarded to BYD’s 12-metre model – Europe’s best-selling electric bus – and specifically for its innovative ‘Home from Home’ design concept.
Home from Home – a ‘Vision in Product’ design
BYD’s ‘Home from Home’ concept is the result of careful consideration of the future of vehicle electrification, placing it into the context of a true passenger experience. Interior and exterior treatments come together to produce a vehicle which delivers on functionality and emotion, and, crucially for the iF Design Award judges, one that bears witness to an imaginative design evoking a very real sense of welcome, delight and inspiration.
The journey towards BYD’s latest 12-metre eBus design was the result of the globally-renowned Vision in Product (or ViP) design ethos; the culmination of a long-term, multi-layered working process. BYD’s design team immersed itself in design exhibitions, inspirational presentations and by working closely with design experts outside of vehicle manufacturing in order to assemble the fundamental Home from Home building blocks.
From a technology perspective, judging took note of the digital mirror and the new dashboard display are safer and future proof. A lightweight body structure, battery management system and new CO2 air conditioning lower the energy consumption.