Frankfurt, Germany – BYD Company of China has signed a letter of intent with Frankfurt, Germany to introduce its all-electric long-range bus to the city. Frankfurt has announced it is working towards a plan to implement an integrated electric mobility system aligned with public transportation and the utilities companies.
BYD will supply three all-electric eBUS-12 models, two charging stations and technical support in the first quarter of 2012. The buses will be used as shuttles at Frankfurt’s airport and public transportation routes to the Gateway Gardens.
“Our 100 per cent electric model eBUS has proven to be a product that not only can significantly reduce pollution in large cities, but also can reduce up to 70 per cent of the operating costs,” said Henry Li, senior director of BYD. “BYD is committed to introduce such high-tech products to supporting Frankfurt as one of the pioneer cities in Europe in public transport systems.”
The company said that the eBUS-121 is the longest-range electric bus available in the market. It uses iron phosphate or “Fe” batteries, which BYD said boast the highest safety, longest service life and most environmentally friendly rechargeable chemistry. The buses can travel up to 250 km on a charge. BYD eBUS models have been used in fleets in Shenzhen and Changsha for several months.