BYD wins first UK fleet order for ebus

BYD wins first UK fleet order for ebus

Nottingham city council has placed the first fleet order for BYD ebuses with 13 new vehicles to be delivered later this year. The purchase, which includes associated charging equipment, is supported by a £1.4million grant from the DfT Green Bus Fund, with the remaining £2.1million raised from the council’s Workplace Parking Levy. 

BYD is providing a five-year warranty on its power train components which are based on iron-phosphate battery technology. BYD’s 12m ebus has been trialled in 42 European cities and describes the Nottingham order as a “game-changer”.

“Nottingham is recognised as being at the forefront of innovative public transport solutions and has prior experience operating electric buses from other manufacturers”, says Isbrand Ho, managing director, BYD Europe. “The fact that Nottingham city council has now selected our ebuses after a comprehensive evaluation programme involving a variety of competitors is highly significant. We are expecting that other major operators will follow Nottingham’s lead.”

Jane Urquhart, Nottingham city council portfolio holder for planning and transportation, says electric buses already operating in the city have helped to reduce noise and improve air quality. “As a council we are committed to providing sustainable transport solutions; more electric buses will mean reduced operating costs and deliver clear environmental and health benefits when compared to operating traditional diesel powered buses”.