Relying on excellent technical quality, Chinese electric buses have entered more than 100 cities in more than 20 European countries
Helping green travel in Europe
BYD’s 18-meter pure electric articulated bus operates in Oslo, the capital of Norway.
Departing from the Athens Metro Station Agios Ioannis, passing through 26 stops, the journey ends at Ano Kipsli. In mid-September, at the invitation of the Greek Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, the electric bus from China underwent a two-week no-passenger test on the test route, which became a striking and beautiful scene on the streets of Athens.
In order to improve air quality, traditional fuel and fossil fuel buses in Europe are gradually being replaced by new energy vehicles. With advanced technical strength, electric buses made in China are accelerating their entry into the European market.
“First” “largest” “most”
This pure electric bus tested in Greece is produced by the Chinese car manufacturer BYD, equipped with the industry’s first power battery thermal management system, equipped with a 360-degree panoramic image system and a fault warning system. The Greek Public Transport Organization issued a statement stating that the development of new energy sources and the promotion of electric vehicles are one of the priorities of the Greek government. Electric buses will become an important driving force for improving the urban environment and quality of life.
Greece’s SKAI TV news network reported that Chinese bus manufacturers such as BYD have relied on advanced technology to continuously expand their market share. Over the past 10 years, China’s electric buses have steadily increased their market share in European buses and coaches, becoming one of the world’s leaders in electric buses. Up to now, China’s electric bus footprint has spread to more than 100 cities in more than 20 European countries, with sales of nearly 2,000 vehicles.
In 2013, as the first order for pure electric buses in Europe, Sismonnik Island in the Netherlands replaced all buses on the island with BYD pure electric buses.
In 2018, Yutong Group delivered 14 pure electric buses to Iceland, becoming Iceland’s first imported pure electric bus brand. In 2019, another 20 and 33 Yutong pure electric buses were delivered to Denmark and Finland. The 33 Yutong pure electric buses introduced in Finland for the first time have become the only electric buses in operation in Finland. The citizens gave this car a friendly nickname-“large sea bass”.
In September 2019, Europe’s first pure electric intercity car line was officially launched in Aix-en-Provence, France. All vehicles on this Europe’s first pure electric intercity car line came from Yutong.
China’s electric buses continue to open up markets in Europe, win with quality, and help green travel in Europe.
On May 11, the largest public transport operator in Northern Europe, the Swedish Nobina Group, ordered 13 additional 12-meter pure electric buses from BYD; on July 29, Yutong’s European Parts Center in Lens, France was officially put into operation. At present, the largest spare parts center library set up by a Chinese bus brand in Europe; on August 7, BYD delivered the first batch of pure electric buses to the German public transport operator Bogestra; on August 17, BYD and Spain’s core ground public transport operator Madrid Municipal Transport The company signed a purchase agreement for 30 pure electric buses. This is the largest pure electric bus bidding project in the history of Spain…
In the UK, there are more than 400 BYD electric buses of various models, with a cumulative operating mileage of more than 5 million kilometers, accounting for about 60% of the UK’s pure electric bus market, of which the London market share exceeds 80%, ranking first. “In the field of electric buses, BYD holds core technologies such as new energy vehicle chips, batteries, motors, electronic control and charging equipment, and vehicle manufacturing. It has more than 20 years of battery research and development experience and has strong competitiveness.” BYD Europe LLC General Manager He Yipeng said.
Reduce emissions, low noise, high performance
In 2017, CRRC’s overseas electric bus project was officially put into operation in Graz, Austria’s second largest city, adding a bright “green” to the streetscape of Graz. The mayor of Graz, Siegfried Nag, said that the city of Graz consumes 6 million liters of fuel for public transportation each year. Electric buses not only save the city on fuel costs, reduce urban noise, and bring cleaner air.
Salvador Mondello is the former deputy mayor of Messina, Italy and a consultant to the Ministry of Transport. He has been actively advocating and promoting the zero-emission travel model in Sicily. In May 2019, 16 BYD electric buses landed in Messina. “The pure electric buses produced by Chinese companies using advanced technology have greatly promoted the sustainable development of the transportation sector, and are highly compatible with the sustainability of public transportation and the sense of technology. Our cooperation has made Messina a pioneer in the practice of electric mobility. !”
“After more than five years of cooperation with Chinese companies, BYD’s pure electric buses have operated more than 7 million kilometers in the Nordic region. These vehicles provide a cleaner, more comfortable and sustainable travel plan for the local area.” Swedish Nobina Group Said team manager Jens Rasten.
“In the market survey conducted on passengers, we have clearly felt the advantages of pure electric travel: low operating costs and convenient maintenance. Passengers also highly appreciate the low noise and environmental performance of pure electric buses. The most important thing is to save energy. Emission reduction and the development of green public transport have made a huge contribution.” said Colin Robertson, former CEO of ADL, a well-known British bus manufacturer.
Create jobs and expand cooperation
In April 2017, BYD’s first electric bus factory in Europe was put into production in Komárom, on the border between Hungary and Slovakia. This is the first electric vehicle factory invested and built by a Chinese company in Europe, bringing more than 300 jobs to Komarom.
In the spacious and bright bus factory workshop, Gabor, an automotive engineer who has been engaged in the automotive industry for more than 40 years, is busy shuttled through the production line.
“More than 3 years ago, Chinese companies came here, brought advanced electric vehicle technology, and also provided local people with stable and superior job opportunities. We all feel that we work in the world’s most advanced new energy bus manufacturer. Proud. Here, regardless of country or boundary, people are working together for a green future.” Gabor said.
BYD has achieved localized cooperation with local partners, parts suppliers, and schools in various European countries such as Hungary, France, the United Kingdom, Sweden, and Italy, creating a large number of local employment and cooperation opportunities.
In fact, BYD and other companies not only export products, but also actively participate in the formulation of new energy vehicle standards in many countries and regions, and have localized product R&D and design teams in Europe. With the acceleration of carbon emission control in European countries, Chinese pure electric vehicles are ushering in new opportunities in Europe.
In mid-July, 102 Yutong pure electric buses began to be delivered to Norway in batches. By the end of this year, these buses will be able to shuttle through the streets of Bergen, Norway. Gerry Miriam Olsen, CEO of Keores, Norway, said: “With these buses, Bergen can save about 3.8 million kilograms of carbon dioxide each year.”
Based on Bergen’s complex terrain and diverse climate, Yutong arranged for engineers to go to Bergen for targeted road spectrum collection, reasonably match the power system plan according to the operating route, optimize the control strategy, and meet the individual needs of customers. Fan Youtian, a product line engineer of Yutong Bus, said: “For the design and production of this batch of orders, including the final delivery, we will follow the whole process and conduct actual vehicle inspections through the cloud, which improves communication efficiency and ensures the effectiveness of customer inspections. “
Yutong’s pure electric bus, which has been operating in Iceland for 20 months, has won widespread praise from Icelandic bus operators and passengers for its ultra-high cruising range, low power consumption, low noise, and high comfort performance in low temperature environments. Benedict Goodson, CEO of GT Group, Yutong Bus’s partner in Iceland, said: “This has completely exceeded our expectations! Chinese companies not only have great products, but also perfect after-sales service support. These green buses use their strengths. It demonstrates the reliable image and charm of Made in China.”