BYD wins Connexxion ebus order in the Netherlands

BYD is to supply eight electric ebuses to Connexxion Public Transport, the Dutch subsidiary of Transdev for operation in Haarlem, the Netherlands from September 2017. Each bus is expected to cover 85-90,000km a year, with significant savings of emissions compared to diesel-powered vehicles, according to BYD. 

The agreement also covers service support of the buses by BYD for a 10-year period.

These are the first full-electric buses to be ordered by Connexxion for service in the capital city of North-Holland, Haarlem. 

“We are excited to take an important step in improving the sustainability of the Haarlem region,” says Eric van Eijndhoven, managing director of public transport, Connexxion. “These electric buses have already proven themselves, completing hundreds of millions of passengers/kilometres around the world. We know our passengers and other residents will appreciate these quiet electric buses when they enter service”.

Isbrand Ho, managing director, BYD Europe, adds: “This is a highly significant order for BYD coming from the Dutch subsidiary of one of Europe’s largest public transport operators. In the closing weeks of 2016 we announced major orders from city bus operators in the UK and Italy and we have further good news to reveal very soon from a number of sources. The electric bus revolution is right here, right now and we are delighted that BYD is leading it.”