BYD will deliver eight 12-metre BYD electric buses to Coimbra
Portugal has signed its first purchase order for pure-electric buses, with Chinese automotive giant BYD.
The BYD e-bus was successfully tested by the Coimbra Municipal Public Transportation Service (SMTUC) last year. BYD now operates in ten EU countries and now has more than 400 orders for its electric buses.
The e-buses will service several routes in the city centre of Coimbra. Delivery of the eight vehicles is planned in the beginning of 2019.
Manuel Augusto Soares Machado, President of the Coimbra Municipality: “I am honoured to announce that these BYD buses are the first full size 12 metre pure electric buses in the one hundred year history of SMTUC. I am also happy to announce that new tenders are being prepared to reinforce electric public transportation in Coimbra.”
Isbrand Ho, Managing Director at BYD Europe: “We are delighted to be able to add this important market, Portugal, to our client portfolio. From north to south Europe, we have become a competitive player across the Continent covering all the climatic conditions from the cold north of Scandinavia to the heat of Italy, Spain and now Portugal, not forgetting the more moderate conditions of Benelux and the UK. The results of the tests with our e-bus here were promising and we are confident that our e-buses can deliver reliable and safe services and help to improve air quality – whatever the weather!”