Future Rapid Transportation System Unveiled in Bogotá

  Future Rapid Transportation System Unveiled in Bogotá

         Express del Futuro Launches All-electric Bus Fleet with BYD

Business Wire

BOGOTÁ, Colombia -- March 18, 2013

Express del Futuro, a partner-operator of Transmilenio, and BYD, are unveiling
plans for an electric bus fleet in one of Colombia’s largest rapid transits at
a Press Conference Tuesday 7:00AM Calle 80 # 96-91, Bogotá, Colombia. Express
is the first to unveil plans to test zero-emissions, all-electric buses in
fleet service in all of South American. The BYD K9’s all-electric bus will be
placed into service as of Q2 2013 in the Colombian capital. Express del Futuro
has sought to implement innovative and revolutionary technologies that will
reduce greenhouse gas emissions, noise, and maintenance costs, as well as
eliminate fossil fuel consumption over the lifetime of the buses in Bogotá.
Among the other benefits of reducing emissions of greenhouse gases, the
project can lead to the improvement of the environmental conditions of
transportation for the passengers and decrease particulate pollution.

Electric buses will allow cities, municipalities, and their inhabitants to be
more socially and environmentally responsible. In China, for example, the
technology is already mature, with the operation of more than 1,000 units of
EVs for more than two years. Currently, there are ~3,000 additional ordered
units, which may be placed into operation by December 2013. Based on the
results of these electric bus’ superior reliability and performance, China has
increased its commitment to improving the air quality of its major cities.

According to Andres Jaramillo, Manager of Express del Futuro, “This
operator-led initiative is an effort to innovate public transportation in
Bogota and make not only the quality of transportation better, but also the
city’s pollution problems and contributing to all the citizens’ well-being. As
operators, we are pioneers in the inclusion of buses with the highest quality
standards, including the Euro 4 and 5 technologies that contribute to the
reduction of gas emissions.”

The first stage of the project will extend over a month, taking into account
aspects of operational performance, energy consumption during the driving
cycle, battery behavior in terms of discharge and recharge during the cycles,
and total energy consumption. Additionally, weight loads will be used to
verify the robustness, performance and behavior at different elevations in
Bogotá. The results of the tests will be compared with last year’s tests
completed by the C40-Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI-C40), and explore the
possibility of implementing this technology in new TransMilenio mass transit
projects. The objective of this initiative is to implement mass-adoption of
electric buses in the city of Bogota and is backed by Transmilenio, the
Secretary of Environment, Express del Futuro, BYD Motor Colombia SAS, and
Praco Didacol and will use BYD’s 12 meter buses with a carrying capacity of
~80 standing passengers. The BYD vehicle is 100% environmentally friendly. Ms.
Stella Li, BYD Senior Vice President commented, “BYD is very impressed with
the leadership in Colombia and their vision to be a part of the new clean
technology era with electrified public transportation. We hope to triple our
growth and presence in Colombia by next year.”

BYD is the world’s largest electric bus manufacturer – BYD’s fleet vehicles
have accumulated over 50 million kilometers (or >30 M fleet miles) as of Dec
2012. BYD’s market differentiator is the long-cycle-life and the
environmentally-friendly Iron-Phosphate battery – the key enabler for the BYD
electric vehicle. BYD Auto’s, distributed through Praco Didacol, are an
excellent option for Colombian citizens because the quality and service are
guaranteed by Praco Didacol, which has a strong local reputation for customer
satisfaction in Colombia for over 95 years. 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 Business Week's 2009 Tech 100
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 buses. 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

About Express del Futuro

Express del Futuro, a leader in the Mass Transit System of Bogota
TransMilenio, was created in July 1999 by transporters with vision and
commitment to provide safe, fast, reliable massive transit service. Express
del Futuro pioneered the modern TransMilenio transportation system in Bogota,
Colombia. For more information, visit http://www.expressdelfuturo.co/


Contacto de prensa:
Juan David Quintero
Teléfono (1) 6182022 Ext. 22
BYD Contact:
Micheal Austin
Express Contact:
Jennifer Vasquez
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