BYD delivered three 12m e-buses to the municipality of Novara, Italy. Novara is between Turin and Milan. The buses are in addition to the twenty electric buses already in operation making those 23 full-size buses in service, the largest emission-free fleet in Italy.
The new buses can deliver a full day of operation without the need for recharging – a BYD strength which is winning its customers across Europe.
The new electric buses were presented yesterday to the Mayor of Novara, Alessandro Canelli, and the Director of the operator SUN, Marzio Liuni, by Isbrand Ho, Managing Director of BYD Europe. The purchase process began in 2014 when the Piedmont Region decided to allocate resources from the Ministry of the Environment for air quality improvement through the purchase of electrically powered buses.
SUN and Gruppo Torinese Trasporti (GTT) of Turin joined this program by allocating the necessary funds for the co-participation in the purchase of the vehicles – 20 units destined for GTT of Turin and three units for SUN Novara.
Isbrand Ho said: “Thanks to the vision of Piedmont Region, and of foresight of those who wanted to believe before others in the future of the full size pure electric bus, the citizens of Novara can begin to breathe cleaner air – a process which will hopefully accelerate as the city switches on new electric buses and switches off the old polluting diesel model”.
He added: “BYD is building its foundation in Europe with Europe’s largest fleet of electric buses having completed one million kilometres of zero pollution operation in London, the largest fleet of electric buses at a major international airport now over two years old at Schiphol Amsterdam and operators from the north of Sweden to Israel amongst our trusted customers”.
The BYD ebuses can carry 83 passengers, twenty-two seated, and space for a wheelchair. Because the buses do not have internal combustion petrol engines they are very quiet and below the noise threshold typical of urban environments. For this reason, the electric buses are equipped with a horn to signal the presence of the vehicle to pedestrians and cyclists.
Giuseppe Leonardi, a teacher at the School of Painting of the Albertina Academy of Fine Arts in Turin, and his students collaborated with the Region to create a graphic design on the bus livery which reflects the spirit of the initiative.
BYD Company Ltd. is a leading high-tech multinational company headquartered in Shenzhen, China. Established in 1995, BYD has developed substantial expertise in rechargeable batteries, becoming a relentless promoter of sustainable development. BYD has successfully expanded it’s renewable energy solutions with operations in over 50 countries. In the last twenty-three years, BYD has created a Zero Emissions Energy Ecosystem that includes affordable solar power generation, cutting-edge electrified transportation, reliable energy storage, and a state of the art monorail. BYD is an industry leader in the energy and transportation sector. The Hong Kong and Shenzhen Stock Exchange list BYD.