BYD Company Ltd. announced it has received a record-setting order for its EV buses and EV Taxis.
The city of Hangzhou is a place commonly referred to as one of China’s most beautiful cities. In response to China’s deteriorating air quality and ecological environment, BYD said Hangzhou’s leadership has taken a serious stance on combating the issues by adopting zero-emissions public transportation, namely electric buses and taxis.
The order for 2,000 long-range, battery-electric transit buses and 1,000 long-range, pure-electric cars was signed during the first week of May by the Mayor of Hangzhou, Hongming Zhang and BYD stated it is one of the world’s largest all-electric fleets ever ordered.
“Hangzhou is a beautiful place with a rich history and culture, as well as a great environment for investment. BYD is excited to bring our world-leading electric transportation technologies to Hangzhou and witness the vision and dreams of this leadership team come to pass,” said BYD Ltd founder and Chairman, Wang Chuanfu.
The order is a remarkable achievement for the company, said BYD, cementing their place as the world’s preeminent electric-fleet provider.
“There is simply no other company that manufactures and delivers fleets of electric cars and electric buses by the thousands! The R&D expertise, manufacturing scale and component spend leverage BYD is gaining from building and delivering these fleets has put us years ahead of any possible competitor,” said BYD America Vice President Micheal Austin who just delivered BYD’s first American-made long-range, electric buses to California’s Governor Jerry Brown.
BYD added it will be making special arrangements to deliver the first 1,000 buses and 500 eTaxis by the end of 2014.