When you run a National Park in the Netherlands, green is going to be the top of your agenda when shopping for new buses for your fleet. BYD beat out international competition to become the sole supplier of electric buses to the Freisland Provincial Government who required new vehicles for their fleet.
BYD put forward a strong case for its buses with BYD coming out on top when pressed with potential commitments in meeting certain goals, the local government purchased six vehicles and also a 15 year maintenance contract. Friesland Provincial Executive Director Johannes Kramer stated, “Friesland province leads Europe in green transportation now. WeÂ will soon have aÂ fully-electrified public transportation service with theseÂ six BYD electric buses. This is good for Schiermonnikoog, good for tourism, and great for the environment!”
YongpingÂ Chen,Â theÂ businessÂ directorÂ ofÂ BYDÂ AUTOÂ added, â€œWe are honored to win the first European electricÂ busÂ tenderÂ beatingÂ allÂ otherÂ busÂ companies.Â TheÂ FrieslandÂ ProvinceÂ reallyÂ hasÂ aÂ understandingÂ in preserving the environment and developing sustainable economy. We will work together with the Friesland government to make its public transport cleaner and quieter.â€
The BYD electric buses are comparable to the buses now servicing Schiermonnikoog in terms of size â€“ they are 12 meters long (40 feet). It is able to run 250 km (155 miles) on a single charge in urban conditions. The Fe battery (Iron Phosphate battery) equipped in the BYD electric bus boasts the highest safety, longest service lifeÂ andÂ mostÂ environmentally-friendlyÂ rechargeableÂ chemistryÂ andÂ containsÂ noÂ heavyÂ metalsÂ orÂ toxic electrolytes. BYD electric buses are now in regular passenger service in several cities in China, Europe and North America, making it the largest electric bus manufacturer in the world. The accumulated mileage has reached over 7 million kilometers (or 4.35 million miles) achieved by the end of May 2012.