World’s first electric bus makes European debutStaff Writer | October 3, 2016
Chinese bus maker BYD has revealed the world’s first long range electric bus, designed primarily for city sightseeing tours.
Transportation The new BYD C9 can carry up to 51 seated passengers
It can carry up to 51 seated passengers and their luggage, and can be charged in less than three hours via mains electric.
Following a private preview of the bus in Paris in March, two operators (B.E. Green and Nedroma), which serve the Paris sightseeing market, have ordered a total of 15 vehicles, all due for delivery later this year.
The authorities in the French capital have already announced their intention to ban diesel buses from central areas, and with other European cities expected to follow their lead, electric tour buses are likely to become a growth market over the next few years.
BYD, which is backed by the American billionaire businessman, Warren Buffett, started building EVs in 2010 and has to date produced over 10,000 pure electric buses.
This is including a newly introduced fleet of 35 eBuses that serve Amsterdam’s Schipol Airport – the first major transport hub in the world to go pure electric for its airside passenger transportation. ■