BYD announced recently that China and the Nanjing Public Transportation Group will buy over 1,000 electric vehicles to electrify the public transport fleet in the ancient capital of China.
The order includes over 600 electric buses K9, from which 50 have already been delivered ahead of the city’s Youth Olympic Games in August 2014. Six hundred is a huge number for BYD, probably higher than all existing electric bus orders from the other manufacturers combined.
Additionally. Nanjing Jiangnan Electric Taxi Ltd. will be operating 400 all-electric e6 taxis. Here again some of the e6s have already hit the streets.
“Nanjing is one of the pilot cities in China that has been chosen by the Central Government to participate in air quality improvement programs. In November of last year, Nanjing and BYD signed a strategic co-operation agreement that also brought BYD to the area to build and develop their zero emission products.”
Isbrand Ho, a BYD Managing Director stated:
“The Nanjing announcement will create one of the world’s largest fleet of pure electric public transport vehicles and certainly the largest supplied by BYD to date. This is a positive sign of the growing acceptance of pure electric transport vehicles such as the ebus having a significant role in making urban environments less polluted.”