China's e-bus drive
Chinese automaker BYD has posted a series of electric bus wins. On its home turf, the company is looking to deliver almost 4,500 e-buses to transport companies in the sprawling city of Guangzhou, among them Guangzhou Yiqi Bus. The Second Bus Company, and Guangzhou Trolleybus Company.
The industrial city has more than 14.5m inhabitants and is highly dependent on public transport. Observers believe Guangzhou may need to upgrade its energy system to support the new electric bus fleets.
BYD last month picked up an e-bus order from Toronto Transit Commission for an initial 10 transit buses, with an option for 30 more. The deal is BYD’s seventh electric bus order in the market in last two years, representing 66% of electric buses ordered. The company has more electric buses on Canadian roads than any other and has won all of its competitive bids for e-buses.
BYD has also inked an agreement with Swedish bus operator Nobina 24 e-buses for deployment in Södermanland. The Chinese company BYD also picked up two Norwegian orders for a total of 42 articulated electric buses for Oslo, also from Nobina.
Earlier this month in the US, BYD won bids to supply vehicles including electric buses to the state of Georgia and the city of Atlanta city.
In Germany, the city of Hamburg’s moves to reduce diesel usage in the metro area will see it acquire e-buses from BYD.