BYD France has delivered its first pure electric buses assembled in its Beauvais factory. An inaugural ceremony was held yesterday to mark the delivery of two 12 metre pure electric buses destined for the Agglo du Beauvaisis, the community of the Beauvais area.
Beauvais is the first city in France to order BYD electric buses and this will be the first time ebuses run in normal service in the Beauvais area.
The BYD buses are planned to start operation in Beauvais this month and will be running daily from the Beauvais-Tillé airport to the City Hall and train station, as well as on an express liaison shuttle bus route to the hotels.
The vehicles, operated by French bus operator Transdev, will drive up to 160km a day and will be charged overnight at Corolis, a Transdev network Depot in Beauvais and are then able to operate the whole day on a single charge.
The ebuses will be officially delivered to the Agglo du Beauvaisis at an event scheduled this Saturday 8 December at 11 am in front of the Beauvais Cathedral.
Isbrand Ho, Managing Director of BYD Europe and President of BYD France: “We are very pleased to deliver our first ebuses to Beauvais, the region where our plant is established. The French electric bus and coach market is one of the largest in Europe, and that is one of the main reasons why we have chosen our production site to serve the French market to be in Allonne. Here we can optimally serve our French clients, we are close to our customers and we can produce tailor made ebuses with our team of local employees. BYD has the capacity to make zero emission French-built electric buses in line with the spirit of the 2015 Paris Climate Summit.”
Until now, BYD has confirmed over 600 ebus orders in Europe, which makes the company the number one supplier of electric buses in Europe. Over 35,000 BYD electric buses have been delivered worldwide which have been proven over 20 million of kilometres in service equipped with BYD batteries that have proven to be safe and reliable.