BYD obtains third order for electric buses from Madrid transport agency


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BYD announcement Madrid’s public transport agency has placed its third BYD bus order, bringing the agency’s total BYD fleet to 65.

EMT Madrid has ordered 20 40-foot electric buses from the world’s leading manufacturer of electric buses, BYD.

“The renewed order underscores EMT Madrid’s confidence in the BYD brand after the company’s existing vehicles have established themselves as a reliable and efficient electric mobility solution, with high levels of safety and comfort for passengers” BYD said in a statement.

The 40-foot electric bus is BYD’s best-selling model in Europe and comes equipped with an improved interior layout, including a new handrail arrangement to accommodate more standing passenger capacity, and new MirrorEye technology that improves safety by widening the operator’s field of work. sight and which replaces the exterior mirrors of the vehicle.

The announcement comes after two previous fleet entries, totaling 45 buses, entered service in the past year, ahead of schedule despite COVID-19 restrictions. As of May 2020, EMT Madrid’s BYD fleet has traveled more than 372,000 emission-free miles, reducing CO2 emissions by 585 tonnes.

The new buses will be manufactured at BYD’s European production plant in Komárom, Hungary, with deliveries expected to begin at the end of this year.

“Our win-win partnership with EMT Madrid continues to grow stronger,” said BYD Iberia eBus Sales Director Joaquín Bellido, “and it is only through our shared vision for the future that we can offer a sustainable public transport strategy with eMobility at its heart. We are delighted to be working alongside EMT Madrid.

“BYD eBus are more and more numerous in Madrid,” he said, “this means that more and more passengers are enjoying clean, safe and comfortable journeys, providing positive feedback and convincing operators that the eMobility is clearly the best sustainable public transport in the long term. Solution.”

BYD has delivered more than 70 electric buses to public transport agencies across Spain. BYD’s 40-foot model represents more than 700 units in operation in Europe, including in the intense heat of the Iberian Peninsula and the extreme cold in Scandinavia.

“For several years, EMT has pursued a clear electrification strategy. This latest purchase allows us to operate a total of 179 electric buses, which represents 8.6% of the entire fleet. said Carlos Sierra, director of transportation services at EMT. “EMT is committed to the further implementation of electric bus technology and we now operate 11 electric bus lines across the city of Madrid. ”

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