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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.