Chinese EV maker BYD has finally forayed in New Zealand with its first extra-large electric bus, BYD ADL Enviro200EV XLB. The automaker has jointly introduced an extra-large three-axle electric bus with its partner Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL).
Wing You, BYD’s General Manager for Australia and New Zealand, said, “This is a great privilege for BYD to work together with local manufacturers to help the local government speed up the transition to the zero-emission electric bus by 2035, and so far, we have completed over 600,000 miles in operation, helping to cut more than 1,000 tons of CO2 emissions.”
This electric bus was built by ADL’s partner Kiwi Bus Builders on a BYD chassis. Although it’s not an independent BYD product, it has laid the foundation for the future operations of BYD in New Zealand. According to BYD, the bus delivered would fully support New Zealand’s transition to a carbon-free bus fleet by 2035.
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BYD ADL Enviro200EV XLB is a 41-foot long electric bus with three axles and a total capacity of 78 passengers. Two wheelchair spaces can be accessed through a manual ramp at the front door.
Tony Moore, the General Manager of ADL, New Zealand, said, “The launch of our extra-large electric bus marks an exciting new chapter in our partnership with Auckland Transport.“
He also added that now they have a zero-emission bus fully designed as per New Zealand’s requirement. Since the BYD ADL E200 EV is made locally, it’ll boost the economy and support skilled jobs.
Apart from this, the Auckland Transport Metro Decarbonisation Manager, Darek Koper, commented, “This trial fleet provides a range of options for New Zealand bus operators, and it will build operator confidence in new technology.”
As of now, BYD is operating smoothly in more than 50 countries and regions. BYD is a pioneer in making electric buses, and so far, it has been very successful. Recently, the automaker expanded its electric bus supply in some European countries.
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Source: BYD Press Release