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China-based vehicle maker BYD won a contract to sell six of its electric buses to the 10-mile-long island that's home to the Netherlands' first national park. BYD says that park, Schiermonnikoog (spell-check won't catch that), is "virtually car free" and has just 1,000 residents. What do they need with six big buses? Well, the island attracts about 350,000 visitors annually, and now they can be shuttled around in tailpipe-emission-free buses starting early next year.

Last month, BYD won a contract to supply the city of Windsor, Ontario – right across the river from Detroit – with what will be the first fleet of all-electric buses for a North American municipality. Last year, BYD won similar contracts with Singapore and Frankfurt, Germany. BYD has said its eBUS-12 has a single-charge range of 186 miles.
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BYD Wins European Electric Bus Orders for Netherlands Schiermonnikoog

SCHIERMONNIKOOG, Netherlands--(BUSINESS WIRE)--An island which is home to the Netherlands' first National Park is about to launch Europe's cleanest bus fleet. The city of Schiermonnikoog in the province of Friesland, Netherlands is nestled on this 16 km long island and is virtually car-free. While home to about 1000 residents, over 350,000 people visit the island every year and will now ride on six new, long-range, all-electric BYD buses set to launch on Schiermonnikoog in early 2013. In a European legal tender and open bid supported by four major bus manufacturers, BYD came out on top. BYD scored the highest in meeting program goals and won not only an order for the six electric buses, but also a 15-year maintenance contract.

"Friesland province leads Europe in green transportation now. We will soon have a fully-electrified public transportation service with these six BYD electric buses. This is good for Schiermonnikoog, good for tourism, and great for the environment!"

Friesland Provincial Executive Director Johannes Kramer stated, "Friesland province leads Europe in green transportation now. We will soon have a fully-electrified public transportation service with these six BYD electric buses. This is good for Schiermonnikoog, good for tourism, and great for the environment!" The BYD buses are comparable to the buses now servicing Schiermonnikoog in terms of size – they are 12 meters long (40 feet) and can accommodate 60-70 passengers. However, the BYD electric bus can be charged at night and with a range of over 250-300 Km per charge ( > 180 miles ), they can provide service all day without needing another charge.

This project supports Friesland province's stated goal to be fully independent of fossil fuels. They have identified that over a third of CO2 emissions in the province are the result of traffic and transportation pollution; therefore, they have chosen to electrify public transportation. As the province adopts more and more renewable sources of energy, the benefits are immediately realized in reduced public transportation emissions with electric buses. For more information, visit BYD at www.facebook.com/bydcompany and www.byd.com.

About BYD

BYD is ranked #1 at the top of Bloomberg's and BusinessWeek's 2009 Tech 100 List (http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20100520006751/en/BYD-Tops-Bloomberg-Businessweek%E2%80%99s-12th-Annual-Tech) and is the leading manufacturer of advanced, environmentally-friendly battery technologies like the BYD's Iron Phosphate battery used in BYD electric vehicles and electric busses. BYD's solar panels and LED Lighting systems have CEC, TUV/CE and UL listings, and the company enjoys rapid growth in consumer electronics space and electrified transportation sector manufacturing under its BYD brand. BYD is the fastest-growing Chinese automotive and green energy technology enterprise. The Company trades on the Hong Kong Exchange (HKE) under the ticker numbers (HK.0285 – BYD Electronics) and (HK.1211 – BYD Company Ltd.), as well as on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange under the ticker number (002594 - BYD Company Ltd.). For more information, visit www.byd.com, www.facebook.com/bydcompany or email pr@byd.com.


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      pon123
      • 3 Years Ago
      Articles and content in this section of the website are really amazing. From http://www.puneonnet.com
      DaveMart
      • 3 Years Ago
      Up to your usual standard, Danny. Do you ever read what you post? I would not advise it, as it is not worthwhile. What island? Wouldn't it have been nice if you could actually have written something coherent? Are you gorr?
        Marco Polo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @DaveMart
        @ DaveMart, Settle down Dave, you are getting very cranky lately. The article tells you that the Island is called Schiermonnikoog . Schiermonnikoog is not only an island, but municipality, and. national park located in the North of Holland. It's one of 5 islands in West Friesland. (Where the big black and white dairy cows come from :). It also has a very interesting history. The island has only 200 cars, so it's roads are virtually traffic free. But what's really interesting about the sales by BYD, is that Electric buses were pioneered in the UK, Europe and US. The best were of UK design. Considering the size and cost of shipping the pretty inferior BYD product to the US and Europe, it must be said that it's a disgrace that Western governments are so neglectful in supporting local manufacture, while favouring the inferior PRC government subsidised product. (You can tell it's not Gorr, the nothing about Hydrogen!).
          DaveMart
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Marco Polo
          He did not tell us which island he was talking about originally. The article is now altered as is perfectly clear if you read both my posts.
          DaveMart
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Marco Polo
          @Anne: Then presumably I read it 6 and a half hours ago or whatever. I would have hardly missed a name like that.
          marcopolo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Marco Polo
          @Dave Mart, Oh well, you obviously are confused, it happens ! Your timing is at variance with the time of your posting, but who cares ? You know where it is now. Schiermonnikoog sounds an interesting place to visit, although a little bleak and wind swept for my liking.
          Anne
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Marco Polo
          @Marco Polo, Afaik, there was a mandatory public tender. Whoever has the best offer must win. Apparently that was BYD.
          Jesse Gurr
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Marco Polo
          it is mentioned in the press release. Even if it wasn't mentioned in the post at first, all you had to do is read the press release.
          Anne
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Marco Polo
          @DaveMart, I am sure that the name of Schiermonnikoog was clearly there when I first read the article 8 hours ago. Google maps knows only one 'Schiermonnikoog'.
          Anne
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Marco Polo
          @DaveMart, At the time of my reply, your first comment was only 3 hours old. So if you read it 8 1/2 hours ago (at the time of my reply), why did you wait 5 hours before complaining?
        DaveMart
        • 3 Years Ago
        @DaveMart
        How nice. The island has magically appeared since I posted. Don't bother acknowledging the omission or correction.
        Peter
        • 3 Years Ago
        @DaveMart
        Upvote for "Are you gorr?" :D
      Ford Future
      • 3 Years Ago
      You'd think Peking, China, or every major Chinese city, would get the next 100 Years of BYD Electric Bus output! Shocking they're exporting even one.
        Nick
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ford Future
        Ford Future Yeah! If any country needs these EV buses, it's China! I don't understand why they're dragging their feet on this, their cities will poison you.
        Ford Future
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ford Future
        Beijing china
        Nick
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ford Future
        Ford Future Yeah! If any country needs these EV buses, it's China! I don't understand why they're dragging their feet on this, their cities will poison you.
      marcopolo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Anne points out that the contract for these buses was let by public tender. while that may seem fair and the best method of buying an Electric Bus, is it ? The tender process doesn't need to be corrupt, to produce an undesirable outcome, Anne ! The terms and conditions of the tender documents are often written by people with very little expert knowledge or appreciation. Price is usually the deciding factor. BYD, makes a cheap and fairly inferior product. BYD's export drive is heavily sponsored by the PRC government (or PRC government controlled banks) . Even if a Netherland or Eurozone manufacturer was to compete, it could never match BYD's price. The result is that you, the Dutch taxpayer, is not really benefiting from a cheaper price for your bus, but unbeknown to you, your tax dollars are being used to destroy your local industry, in favour PRC prosperity. Dutch workers are being replaced by PRC workers, using Dutch money ! Even sadder, is that the Dutch taxpayer is ensuring that the superior European technology, (paid for with Dutch Tax dollars), will not commercialised in it's native country, but eventually sold off cheaply to the PRC ! This method of price dumping, doesn't not ensure the public gets a better deal, only an inferior product with eventually no competition!
        Anne
        • 3 Years Ago
        @marcopolo
        Marco Polo, Do you have any proof of your assertions that the people that wrote this tender have little knowledge? That they have not done this before and put in some hard demands in terms of reliability and operating cost that the manufacturer has to guarantee? You build an argument on a basis of speculation and are appealing to my emotions as a Dutch tax-paying citizen. In fact, you are simply advocating protectionism. I'm sorry, I don't think that is the right way forward.
          Marco Polo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Anne
          Anne and Joe, Please excuse me, while I deal with poor old "Electron",. Electron, If you don't like something, feel free to post your own 'facts', not just sniggering tiresome abuse. (Actually, my posts are usually contain too many detailed facts, the result of too much research. )
          Electron
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Anne
          Don't bother, marcopolo has a reputation of making up facts as he goes along on this forum and he never ever backs up any of his claims.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @marcopolo
        From the website of the province of Friesland, who bought the 6 buses: A feasability study showed that fully electric buses were well suited to the transport needs of the small island that is popular with tourists. According to EU rules on government purchasing, a EU wide tender was let. Criteria were, amongst others, initial purchase pice, operating cost, passenger capacity, number of charge cycles over the battery lifetime, and the service program. BYD scored the highest, and will service the buses for 15 years. They will train local technicians for the maintenance. The province will also purchase the necessary charging points. The buses will be operated by UK based Arriva, who operate the public transport concession in that part of the country I would have liked to see the buses from http://www.e-traction.eu/ win the tender. It will be interesting too see which company provides the best value for money, e-traction in Sweden or BYD in The Netherlands. By the way, BYD has it's European headquarters in Rotterdam, The Netherlands Source: http://www.fryslan.nl/sjablonen/1/infotype/news/item/view.asp?objectID=37059
        Marco Polo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @marcopolo
        @Anne and Joe, Thank you for your replies. @Joe, I agree, pollution and emissions are a global problem, the responsibility of all nations. (that explains my activism against the deployment of Marine Grade N0.6 shipping fuel). Capitalism, (although, I think you mean fair trade) only works on a level playing field, with everyone playing by the same rules. The PRC undeniably breaks every rule of fair play, and gains an overwhelming advantage, by.....well , cheating! @Anne, You are quite right, I have no knowledge of the tender process in this specific instance. That why I was careful to employ the term 'often' to show I was generalising. (Hmmm.., OTOH, what evidence have you that I'm wrong? :) I'm not arguing protectionist policies ! However, Free trade is a two-way street. Free trade will not work if one participant is allowed to ignore the rules. Surely that's obvious to the most ardent Sino-phile? @Joe and Anne, Ok, why do I believe the BYD is an inferior product, and what about it's competitors? That's a very good question ! Unfortunately it's a holiday weekend in Australia, and I only have limited access to my usual material, so please excuse the lack of detail as follows. 1) .BYD. Like most PRC manufacturers, BYD suffers from a lack of high quality demand and regulation in it's domestic market. When producing vehicles for export, BYD and other PRC auto-makers usually export 'down spec' copies of superseded Western models. The PRC does not bother innovating or spending huge sums on R&D, PRC corporations just copy, buy, or steal, technology. Resulting in products the just modified as cheaply as possible, in order to comply with the minimum Western standards, rather than strive to be a market leader. 2) The evidence of inferior quality is most obvious in items like, poor quality 'rust' proofing, poor quality steel and alloys.The leather clad seats look good, but can't disguise the poorly thought-out interior ergonomics and fittings. The suspension is very outdated. The drive-train technology is improving since the acquisition of Western Technology 3) BYD's claim that it's bus has at "186.9 miles, the longest-range of all pure EVs in the world on a single charge!" is obviously wrong ! (The claim is not even supported by it's own listed ' real world' estimate of 155 miles.!) But, BYD,products are not the worst buses produced ! As Joe points out, BYD should be praised for actively pursuing the public transport /bus market.! Equally true, is that as BYD gains global experience the products with improve both in quality and design. However, if any manufacturer , from any country, gains market share through successful unfair competitive methods, the short term gain isn't worth the eventual pain! EBus Inc, Volvo Bus, Proterra EcoRide ,Smith EV, Wright Group (founded 1946 UK), Alexander Dennis Limited Eletra Driveline (NZ) and many others all produced EV buses, All complain about BYD's heavily subsidised pricing !
          Joeviocoe
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Marco Polo
          You're taking this whole, "Fair Trade" argument to ridiculous conclusions. "when the Western world could afford to allow unfair trade imbalances" Yes, exactly, the "West" wrote the rules to protect itself. Because it could not compete with the manufacturing capabilities of the East. That is not exactly 'fair'. Just writing the rules to ensure they keep an advantage that would otherwise dwindle away. I understand perfectly the role and need for patents. Recouping R&D makes those ventures worth it... but isn't that also Welfare for corporations? So many companies go Patent Crazy.. regardless if they spent any money on R&D to be recouped. They are out for maximum profit.... even if that widget would have been invented without a patent. It is not "fair" that a company gets exclusive rights to build something for 14 years when it only takes 2 years to recoup the R&D money. The system is not perfect. And China and India is kicking our butts in many industries. Education too. Their system isn't perfect either, just different. But that doesn't give us Americans the right to turn up our noses at them, and declare they are cheating at a game we rigged with our own rules.
          Joeviocoe
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Marco Polo
          Actually, I meant Laissez-faire capitalism. Not fair trade. Fair Trade, as you describe it, "only works on a level playing field, with everyone playing by the same rules." But many times, those 'rules' are written to favor one particular nation... and not necessarily all parties involved evenly. For instance, patent laws are "fair" but they encourage innovation at the expense of growth. Pure capitalism would allow any company to produce widgets without fear of lawsuits and would favor the company that could produce them cheapest or best... rather than the favoring the company that produced them first. The U.S. has great innovators, but comparatively weak manufacturers. Fair Trade is useful... but not always. We need to grow the zero emissions automotive market, not stifle it. And we could use more companies that strive to drive down costs as quickly as possible. Sacrifice quality if needed (just not safety). "Resulting in products the just modified as cheaply as possible, in order to comply with the minimum Western standards, rather than strive to be a market leader." Maybe we should raise "western standards" then. But if they aren't safety standards.. then who cares. Plenty of people here bought cheap Korean cars before Hyundai/Kia eventually increased quality. And in the 80's, plenty of people bought cheap Japanese cars before Honda and Toyota eventually increased quality. China is simply following a proven strategy. Build them fast and cheap right now, quality will come later. What you are saying about BYD right now, is exactly the same thing that U.S. automakers have been saying about Japanese automakers in the 80's and Korean automakers in the 2000's. ------------------- The bottom line, if BYD meets dutch safety standards... and the buyers don't care enough about "rust proofing", "poor quality steel and alloys", and "ergonomics and fittings"... then they will sell all the EV buses that they produce. If they sell them for the right price, 'cheap', then buyers will be happy with them.
          Marco Polo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Marco Polo
          @Joeviocoe, We are continually raising Western Standards ! Joe, you argue like this was the world trading situation in the halcyon days of the 50;s&60's, when the Western world could afford to allow unfair trade imbalances. The rise of Asia, (more significantly the PRC) has seen the destruction of US industry, prosperity, and employment. Patents exist so that the hugely expensive R&D investment can be recovered, and an incentive provided for innovation. Japan and South Korea, do have protected domestic markets. The PRC takes it to a whole new level ! Ride in a BYD bus to the welfare office to collect your , past the rusting desolation of once great cities and industries, take your welfare to buy PRC products, just as the ancient Romans spent on free bread and circus, before the destruction off Rome !
        Joeviocoe
        • 3 Years Ago
        @marcopolo
        But isn't that Capitalism in action? Sometimes the free market favors foreign interests more. Either way, unless the Dutch can start producing Electric buses... this is a win for the whole of humanity, as emissions knows no borders.
        American Refugee
        • 3 Years Ago
        @marcopolo
        As a Dutch taxpayer, I'm thrilled they went with the most competitive bid to fill their needs, instead of uselessly pumping up "local" industry by paying too much for a product with Made in The Netherlands stamped on it. The Dutch learned about, oh, 500 years ago, that free trade is a good deal in the long run.
        Joeviocoe
        • 3 Years Ago
        @marcopolo
        Also, what makes the BYD inferior? Compared to what other Electric Bus currently in production?
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is by far one of the most exciting posts here on ABG :D
      CR7
      • 3 Years Ago
      Who is the maker / supplier of the batteries for these buses? Sorry if this was already stated. Thanks
        Letstakeawalk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @CR7
        "BYD-developed Fe battery, more than 6,000 cycles life! 100kWh per 60 miles 155 miles on a single charge(urban condition)" http://www.byd.com/FeBattery.html Lots of really interesting test data: http://www.produktinfo.conrad.com/datenblaetter/250000-274999/251703-in-01-en-BYD_LITHIUM_FE_BLOCK_12V_10AH_A_BMS.pdf
          Spec
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          Coolest thing about BYD is that the CEO drank the electrolyte to prove his automotive Li-Ions were non-toxic. He gets bonus points for pulling that clever stunt.
        Anne
        • 3 Years Ago
        @CR7
        BYD
      1guyin10
      • 3 Years Ago
      First fleet of electric buses for a North American Municipality?? Chattanooga, TN has been running a fleet of electric buses since 1992. They are currently adding wireless charging and may eliminate their diesel buses entirely if that works out as planned.
      Nick
      • 3 Years Ago
      They should put EV buses in Hong Kong. The city is disgustingly polluted and used old double-decker buses.
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