Public transport operators and authorities in Paris have become the first people in Europe to see the world’s first pure electric coach. Developed by BYD, the coach could transform the city vehicle market which impacts on air quality.
BYD coach, developed using the experience of BYD’s world leading
position in the pure electric bus market, is currently under
homologation testing prior to its introduction in Europe. Paris was
chosen for the preview appearance thanks to a drive by the city’s
mayor to reduce pollution from such vehicles.
a range of 200km under typical operating conditions and a recharge time
of only 2.5 hours, the all new BYD coach could complete many coaching
applications in and around cities – such as shuttle services, city
sightseeing, hotel and airport feeder services.
the event in Paris, BYD’s Founder and Chairman Wang Chuanfu said:
“Just a few months ago my colleagues and I were here to participate in
the COP21 UN climate change negotiations and we were impressed by the
determination of the authorities not only in Paris but across France to
do more to improve the quality of the air their citizens breathe. We
heard an impassioned plea by the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, to assist
in greening one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Not only does
she, as representative of the municipality, together with STIF, plan to
ensure that all of the 4,500 city buses are zero or low emission by 2025
but they specifically referred to diesel-engined coaches as being a
major source of pollution. This was a prophetic pronouncement – other
cities have yet to target this particular class of vehicle, but of
course they will in the future”.
Ho, Managing Director of BYD Europe, added: “We’ll shortly be
announcing our introduction plans for our coach in Europe, with France
as our first market. Many of the technologies we have developed about
our city bus range – also with experience of millions of kilometres of
in service running - are applicable to this new model: the BYD pure
electric coach. We are confident we have a vehicle which exactly suits
the city’s needs”.
Ho revealed details of a new BYD sales team in France joined by
Bertrand Berger, who has extensive experience in the French bus and
BYD Company Ltd. is one of China’s largest companies and
has successfully expanded globally. Specializing in battery
technologies, their green mission to “solve the whole problem”
has made them industry pioneers and leaders in several High-tech sectors
including High-efficiency Automobiles, Electrified Public
Environmentally-Friendly Energy Storage, Affordable Solar Power and Information Technology and Original Design Manufacturing (ODM) services.
As the world’s largest manufacturer of rechargeable batteries,
their mission to create safer and more environmentally friendly battery
technologies has led to the development of the BYD Iron Phosphate (or "Fe") Battery.
This fire-safe, completely recyclable and incredibly
long-cycle technology has become the core of their clean energy
platform that has expanded into automobiles, buses, trucks, utility
vehicles and energy storage facilities. BYD and all of their shareholders, including the great American Investor Warren Buffett, see these
environmentally and economically forward products as the way of the future.
BYD has made a strong entrance to the North, Central and South American markets with their battery electric buses,
and lineup of automobiles. Their mission lies not just in
sales growth, but also in sociological integration and local job
creation as they have poured incredible investments
into developing offices, dealerships and manufacturing facilities in
the local communities they now call home, truly a first for Chinese
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