Global Sustainability Collaborative Sustainia Names BYD’s Electric Bus Its 2013 Transportation Solution

  Global Sustainability Collaborative Sustainia Names BYD’s Electric Bus Its
  2013 Transportation Solution

Business Wire

SHENZHEN, China -- September 27, 2013

International institute Sustainia has announced its list of 2013’s ten most
influential innovations. This places BYD on an elite list of innovators that
will now be competing for the prestigious Sustainia Award later this year. The
finalists were presented to business leaders from around the world at the UN
business conference Leaders Summit in New York on September 19th. The 10
companies and projects have been selected for their potential to drive
sustainable change in their communities and industries, and were chosen from
among more than 1,000 projects submitted from 79 countries.

BYD has been selected as a Sustainia Award Finalist in Transportation Sector
(Photo: Business Wire)

BYD has been selected as a Sustainia Award Finalist in Transportation Sector
(Photo: Business Wire)

The electric bus from BYD is the first pure-electric bus in the world to be
powered by an Iron-Phosphate battery. Hundreds of BYD buses are now in
passenger carrying operations - by far the largest number of electric buses
from any brand. The current bus measures 12 meters long and is designed with
customer transport comfort in mind. The technically advanced and specially
designed wheel-hub motor and its electronically controlled air suspension can
offer customers a product with an exceptionally low floor, multiple door
choices and ample floor space for easy passenger access the imposing
windscreen occupies two thirds of the frontal area of the bus for maximum
viewing as well as safety. The bus body conveys an elegant exterior image,
while the interior boasts an air of quality with adjustable driver’s seat,
durable seats for passengers and carefully engineered sound insulation keeping
the interior ride whisper quiet. BYD’s electric bus employs many advanced
technologies developed in-house by BYD’s strong R&D team which includes over
15,000 engineers. For example, the Iron-Phosphate battery or “Fe Battery” used
on the BYD ebus is safe and non-polluting: the materials contained in the
battery can be recycled or safely disposed of. Orders have been won so far in
China, the Netherlands, Finland, Denmark, Uruguay, Canada and the United
States. The BYD electric bus has also been successfully tested in many cities
in Europe including Madrid, Barcelona, Budapest, and Salzburg.

The Sustainia top-10 list of sustainable innovations are competing for this
year’s Sustainia Award chaired by former governor of California, Arnold
Schwarzenegger. Joined by Chair of IPCC Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri, former Prime
Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland, and EU Commissioner Connie Hedegaard, Governor
Schwarzenegger will select the final winner of this international
sustainability award to be presented at a major ceremony in Copenhagen,
November 7th, 2013. "The Top-10 Sustainia projects reflect innovative
approaches that can lead to more sustainable industries. Hopefully, they will
inspire more businesses to take green practicing to heart. It is not an easy
choice to select one, but I’m looking forward to presenting a Sustainia Award
winner in Copenhagen," says Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, chair of UN’s panel on
Climate Change (IPCC). Members of the public can help the BYD ebus get closer
to an award by voting for in the Sustainia Community Award, which is decided
entirely on the public votes. Learn more on the nominees and place votes at

10 Solutions Selected From Around the World

The top-10 list is being launched at UN Global Compact’s annual Leaders Summit
conference in New York. The largest gathering of its kind, the summit is a key
discussion forum for business leaders on corporate sustainability strategies.
“Sustainia is demonstrating that a transformation towards a greener and more
inclusive world is possible everywhere,” says Georg Kell, executive director
of UN Global Compact. Representing innovation from different parts of the
world, the top-10 projects showcase readily available solutions and
technologies capable of transforming businesses, cities, industries and our
everyday life. Developed in nine different countries, the 10 solutions are in
total deployed in more than 90 countries around the world. “The 10 projects
showcase that a green transformation of our societies has come a long way.
They are 10 reasons for optimism. The challenge is that most projects are
unknown to the public. Sustainia’s mission is to create a platform for the
best sustainable solutions from around the world in order to ensure awareness
and deployment on a global scale,” says Erik Rasmussen, founder of Sustainia.
Publication on Sustainia’s Top-10 of Sustainable Innovation available here:
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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 Stock Exchange
(HKSE) 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, please visit,, or email

About Sustainia

Sustainia is an innovation platform where companies, NGOs, foundations and
thought leaders come together to support and work with a tangible approach to
sustainability. With a focus on readily available solutions, Sustainia's
mission is to mature markets and sectors for sustainable products and
services. The work of Sustainia equips decision makers, CEOs and citizens with
the solutions, arguments, visions, facts and network needed to accelerate
sustainable transformation in sectors, industries and our everyday life.

Our work includes:

  *Identifying innovative and sustainable solutions from around the world
    readily available for implementation
  *Giving talks and inspiring presentations about the attractive sustainable
    future we could achieve with available solutions
  *Publishing guides to sustainable practices within cities and a wide range
    of sectors
  *Arranging workshop on sustainable living and megatrends in sustainability
  *Creating sector alliances and facilitate network between companies,
    scientists, organizations and civil society working with sustainability

With Sustainia, we are creating a vision of what a sustainable future could
look like. Not Utopia or a distant dream. Building on scenarios where
available solutions, innovation and technologies are implemented at large
scale, Sustainia demonstrates the exciting sustainable societies we could live

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Penny Peng
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