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The First All-Electric, Zero-Emissions Bus Launches in the Caribbean

  The First All-Electric, Zero-Emissions Bus Launches in the Caribbean

           Aruba’s ARUBUS unveils a BYD 12 meter, 60 passenger bus

Business Wire

ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- October 14, 2013

Aruba’s Minister of Transportation Otmar Oduber, Minister of Finance Mike de
Meza, and ARUBUS Director Teo Croes unveiled the first long-range,
all-electric, ZERO emissions bus in the Caribbean at a ceremony held in
conjunction with the GREEN ARUBA Conference and the Caribbean Renewable Energy
Forum (CREF). The 12 meter (40 foot) pure-electric bus was manufactured by BYD
Company Limited the world’s largest manufacturer of all-electric buses. BYD
America’s Vice-President, Micheal Austin and BYD Aruba N.V. Assistant Managing
Director Danilo Werleman (pictured on the right) officially handed over bus
keys to Aruba dignitaries. Justice Minister Arthur Dowers, Cultural Minister
Michelle Hooyboer, Arubus Director Teo Croes, Finance Minister Mike de Meza,
Transportation Minister Otmar Oduber, BYD VP Micheal Austin, Cordia Group Asst
Director Danilo Werleman, WEB Aruba Managing Director Oslin J. Boekhoudt,
Elmar Aruba Director Robert Henriquez and Chairman of CREF Jerry Butler were
among the dignitaries present who took a “maiden voyage” of the bus from the
Parliament buildings to the Westin Resort where conference attendees received
them.

BYD Electric Bus Launch Ceremony was attended by Justice Minister Arthur
Dowers, Cultural Minister M ...

BYD Electric Bus Launch Ceremony was attended by Justice Minister Arthur
Dowers, Cultural Minister Michelle Hooyboer, Arubus Director Teo Croes,
Finance Minister Mike de Meza, Transportation Minister Otmar Oduber, BYD VP
Micheal Austin, Cordia Group Asst Director Danilo Werleman, WEB Aruba Managing
Director Oslin J. Boekhoudt and Elmar Aruba Director Robert Henriquez (Photo:
Business Wire)

The bus delivery for revenue service is only the first step of a
memo-of-understanding signed in June, 2013 between BYD and Aruba outlining
Aruba’s plans to be the first Nation with a carbon-neutral footprint and
complete energy independence, with only clean sustainable renewable power
sources and electrified public transportation. Aruba plans to use BYD
green-technologies to pursue its goal of becoming an emissions-free Nation by
the year 2020. The first of four major objectives in the MOU was electrifying
public transportation with zero-emissions vehicles. Prime Minister Mike Eman
stated, “In our transition phase towards 100% sustainability, BYD will support
Aruba by demonstrating how to convert all our vehicles, including cars, buses,
taxis and all private and public vehicles into electrified transportation”.
The Aruba government is initially leasing the electric bus until March 2014 to
evaluate the service characteristics before an additional 3-4 vehicles are
ordered for the next phase of implementation. Arubus Director Teo Croes
stated, “I am very happy that today we can have the first electric bus in the
Caribbean and set a new standard in public transportation, not only for the
Caribbean but for other countries in the region as well. After visiting the
Netherlands and Bogota Colombia to test buses, we were convinced that the BYD
E-bus was the bus that met our transportation goals. Together with TNO and
WEB, we will test the bus for several months and submit the final report to
the government. By 2014, we are aiming for three more buses and hopefully many
more after that.”

The Island currently boasts 15% renewable generation sources (from Wind), and
these electric buses will immediately take advantage of this renewable power
and each addition of renewable clean energy generation as they are implemented
by the national government (plans include solar and bio-mass/waste
generation). Finance Minister Mike de Meza observed, “We are starting the 4^th
Aruba green conference with a beautiful surprise, the first bus in the
Caribbean region that drives fully on pure electric power. Aruba is a
front-runner in the Caribbean and this bus is a part of the vision of the
ministry of Prime Minister Mike Eman. Our Prime Minister knew how to push hard
in this direction as well as my other colleagues and will continue to do so
until all buses are fully electrified.” Electrified vehicle platforms are
adaptable to whatever the “fuel” source and can immediately clean up city
pollution with each addition of clean energy sources (unlike natural-gas or
diesel platforms that are tied to one fuel source). Aruba has experienced
periods of time, at night, when their wind resources approach 35% of electric
supply—transportation that only charges at night, takes better advantage of
the island’s wind energy portfolio allowing the Utilities to optimize and
level-load their demand profiles. Transportation Minister Otmar Oduber said,
“This bus will cost Arubus 60% less than fuel driven buses in service at the
moment, saving Arubus over 1.2 million florins (~$600,000 USD per bus over a
lifetime of greater than 12 years, italics added). This bus will be in service
for about 5 months and the bus will be rigorously tested and researched by an
independent research organization to establish the efficiency of the bus. The
vision of the ministry together with Arubus and WEB is to have 4 more buses on
Aruba by 2014, followed by 16 more buses to have a total of 20 buses in
service before 2020. Four years ago the ministry of Mike Eman had a vision in
which Aruba could and would be fossil fuel independent to generate electricity
and to have a fully electrified public transportation including the
independent taxis. With this bus we are showing our commitment and realizing
our vision.”

The government will now be able to consider creative ways to promote
zero-emissions taxis like the BYD e6 electric taxi – one idea being floated is
to give taxi-cue priority at the airport for private drivers of zero-emissions
vehicles. Micheal Austin BYD Vice President stated that, “There is a sense of
urgency embraced by the leaders in Aruba to transform from a fossil-fuel-based
economy to a renewable, sustainable and adaptable platform. The urgency seems
to be seeded by economic reasons and then driven and supported by an
environmental social conscience here. There are opportunity costs for each day
that goes by that Aruba does not move to independent and domestic power
sources and transportation platforms.” 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
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) 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, visit www.byd.com , www.facebook.com/bydcompany or email
pr@byd.com .

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