BYD seals the largest electric bus order in Turin
Orders and deliveries of BYD electric buses in European cities keep growing at a fast pace, thanks to BYD’s efficient production facilities in Hungary and France.
World leading electric bus manufacturer, BYD, has secured one of the largest orders for eBuses in Italy and the largest eBus order in Turin with confirmation of a further 50 of its best-selling 12-metre low-floor model for Public Transport Operator, GTT (Gruppo Torinese Trasporti), in the northern city of Turin.
A framework agreement is also in place for the supply of an additional 50 BYD 12-metre models after the initial deliveries are completed and in operation.
This latest major fleet order for BYD comes as a result of its close and long-established partnership with GTT – Turin’s principal Public Transport Operator – since first supplying BYD eBuses for the city in 2017. The programmed delivery of 50 eBuses will be GTT’s third intake from BYD taking its total to 78 BYD vehicles. The latest fleet will feature three-door bodywork and the phased delivery of the remaining vehicles is scheduled for September.
The first four eBuses were officially handed over on Monday, 16th May, at GTT’s Gerbido depot, attended by the Mayor of Turin, Chiara Appendino, CEO of GTT, Giovanni Foti, and Councilor for Transport, Maria Lapietra. These latest new additions will enter service initially on routes 58 and 71 in the city.
Over 60 BYD eBuses are presently in operation throughout Italy, performing reliably on intensive routes in the cities of Turin, Novara, Alessandria, Milan, Padua and Messina, and other smaller towns. The BYD eBuses in Italy have to date combined to deliver over seven million electric kilometres, saving more than 7,000-tonnes of CO2 emissions from equivalent diesel-powered vehicles.
The majority of the vehicles will be built in the EU at BYD’s dedicated production facility in Komárom in neighbouring Hungary. Once again, despite COVID-19 restrictions, BYD has worked tirelessly in line with pre-agreed production and delivery schedules to meet the stringent requirements of Local Authority and PTO customers throughout Europe.
BYD is one of the world’s leading New Energy Vehicle (NEV) manufacturers and the world’s leading electric bus manufacturer. BYD has delivered over 65,000 pure-electric buses and coaches globally, and its new energy vehicles footprints can be found in over 300 cities, operating in more than 50 countries and regions. To date, there are 2000 BYD eBuses in operation or on order with PTOs right across Europe.
The electrification of public transportation should be our priority. It’s essential to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and offers the best ROI (Return of Investment) by far. Remember that vehicles used for public transportation are in use most of the time, not parked somewhere, as it happens with vehicles for personal transportation.
While all ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) vehicles should be banned as soon as possible, ICE in public transportation needs to be banned first.