Netherlands Launch All-Electric Bus Service

  Netherlands Launch All-Electric Bus Service

  City of Schiermonnikoog is First to Entirely Convert Transit Fleet to BYD
                             Zero-emissions Buses

Business Wire

SCHIERMONNIKOOG, Netherlands -- April 25, 2013

BYD officially delivered 6 electric buses today in a ceremony at the island
home of city of Schiermonnikoog, and the Netherlands’ first National Park in
the province of Friesland, Netherlands. “Friesland province now leads Europe
in green transportation. 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!” stated
Friesland Provincial Executive Director Johannes Kramer. The Six (6) vehicles
will be operated by Arriva and entered service today after a special ceremony
in the park located in the north of Netherlands. The vehicles were awarded
last June 2012 in Europe’s first publically tendered order for
electric-powered full size buses and are planned to provide visitors and
residents with an environmentally-friendly public transport system for the
next 15 years. BYD’s unique Electric Bus model is a full-size, 12-meter (40
foot) transit bus powered entirely by the company’s advanced Iron Phosphate
batteries. The BYD buses are comparable to the buses now servicing
Schiermonnikoog in terms of size and can accommodate 60-70 passengers.
However, the BYD electric bus can be charged at night and with a range of over
250 Km per charge ( > 155 miles ), they can provide service all day without
needing another charge. This project supports Friesland province’s published
goals 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. This National Park has become one of the first
places in Europe to entirely convert their public transportation to zero
emissions, electric buses. Member of the provincial executive Johannes Kramer:
"This is the Europe's first fully electric bus tender into service. Friesland
is leading the way. This is good for the people living in national park
Schiermonnikoog and for the tourists who enjoy it so much."

BYD 12 meter (40 foot) all-electric transit Buses now running in service by
Arriva for the city of S ...

BYD 12 meter (40 foot) all-electric transit Buses now running in service by
Arriva for the city of Schiermonnikoog, Friesland, Netherlands. (Photo:
Business Wire)

Isbrand Ho, Managing Director of BYD Europe BV, said: “We are delighted to
have won this first competitive tender to supply these revolutionary vehicles
and to contribute to the environmentally friendly policies of the provincial
government in Friesland. They are the first – but certainly not the last – BYD
electric buses to go into passenger carrying service in Europe and we
anticipate further significant orders following the successful trials programs
we have undertaken in many locations”. BYD has entered into a 15 year
maintenance contract to support the buses in service and will be employing
locally recruited mechanics to undertake the work. The BYD Electric Bus

  *The specially designed wheel-hub motor and the electronically controlled
    air suspension give the BYD ebus an exceptionally low floor and ample door
    and floor space for easy disabled and elderly passenger access.
  *The front windscreen occupies 2/3 of the frontal area of the bus for
    maximum viewing and safety. The bus body conveys an elegant exterior
    image, while the interior boasts adjustable leather drivers seating,
    high-quality leather seats for passengers and a carefully engineered sound
    insulation keeping the interior ride whisper quiet.
  *BYD’s first pure electric bus also employs many advanced technologies
    developed internally by BYD’s 15,000 engineers ‘strong R&D team. For
    example, the Iron-phosphate or “Fe Battery” used on the BYD ebus is
    non-polluting: the materials contained in the battery can be recycled or
    easily disposed of.

The bus has no direct emissions, very low noise, regenerative braking, full AC
charging in 5 hours.

About BYD

BYD is ranked #1 at the top of Bloomberg’s and BusinessWeek'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 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,
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