EMT Madrid, the Spanish capital’s principal public surface transport operator, has placed a substantial fleet order for 15 BYD 12-metre pure electric eBuses – the first time EMT Madrid has ordered pure electric eBuses from Europe’s rapidly expanding electric bus manufacturer.
As the largest public transport provider in Spain, EMT Madrid operates 2,100 vehicles with deliveries of the new electric BYD fleet scheduled to commence at the beginning of 2020. The latest BYD vehicles have been ordered as fleet replacements, thus further increasing the percentage of zero-emmission buses in the EMT Madrid fleet. The new BYD eBuses will serve routes across the city.
BYD 12M Pure Electric Bus
The contract is the latest in a series of major orders for BYD from across Spain, with Barcelona, Valencia and Badajoz all having placed orders for BYD eBuses. Significantly, Badajoz in the southwest of the country has just received the 50,000th eBus built by BYD – part of an order for 15 vehicles delivered last week. Badalona, to the northeast of Barcelona, is shortly to receive eight BYD eBuses.
The Portugese city of Coimbra is also gearing-up to receive a delivery of eight BYD eBuses next week, with BYD extending its customer portfolio across the Iberian peninsula.
Isbrand Ho, Managing Director at BYD Europe said, “I am delighted that Madrid and EMT have chosen emissions-free electric buses from BYD. The benefits of clean operations will be seen by EMT and, importantly, by the people of Madrid. I am confident that we will continue our growth in the cities of Spain and we will pursue our mission to improve air quality throughout Iberia and beyond.
“We have made a good start this year by celebrating BYD Europe’s 20th anniversary,” he said, “previewing our upcoming electric trucks in Europe, and delivering our second European airport eBus order to Brussels Zaventem Airport.”