BYD Delivering 246 eBuses to Keolis Nederland
BYD has commenced delivery of Europe’s largest ever single order for electric buses to Keolis Nederland BV, the Dutch subsidiary of global
BYD has commenced delivery of Europe’s largest ever single order for electric buses to Keolis Nederland BV, the Dutch subsidiary of global public transport provider Keolis. An initial 246 BYD low floor eBuses, part of a total order for 259 vehicles, are now with Keolis Nederland and have entered service on 13th December on routes in Zwolle, Apeldoorn, Ede, Dedemsvaart, Vaassen, Harderwijk, and Deventer in the country’s IJssel-Vecht region. The remaining vehicles are scheduled for delivery and start of operation in Spring of 2021. The new pure electric, zero-emissions eBus fleet from BYD will deliver a huge contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Keolis has calculated an annual CO2 reduction of over 15,755 tonnes.
Despite restrictions brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, the BYD eBus fleet has been delivered on time and according to pre-pandemic production schedules. An extremely efficient production process of the eBuses was achieved by an integrated approach throughout the BYD supply chain and its various manufacturing sites, including the BYD Hungary eBus production facility.
The Keolis fleet comprises BYD’s 12 metre and 13 metre eBus models. The 13 metre model benefits from BYD’s new upgraded battery technology to provide extended range and ‘city-to-city’ capability. The majority of the Keolis order, 206 vehicles, is made up of BYD’s best-selling 12 metre model. All 12 and 13 metre models feature DC Combo 2 and pantograph charging capability.
All vehicles are equipped with ambient lighting, USB charger ports and soundproof floor cover. In addition, the 13 metre models boast seats with the Multimedia Control to offer unparalleled passenger convenience, including a reading light, a phone holder and a folding tray.
Safety and driver comfort are also boosted with bird-eye-view cameras providing the driver with a 360o view of the bus; plus an electric driver’s seat with memory card stores seat positions for multiple drivers and allows quick and easy automatic adjustment.