BYD Partners with Bulgarian Firm on Electric Bus Project
China’s BYD is going out an all out assault on the world EV market, the Shenzhen based company has already spread its fingers out into several key markets but this is the first time that it has established a joint venture focused on producing electric vehicles in overseas markets. BYD have become a pioneer in the electric car range, their first vehicle the BYD F3DM was followed by the BYD E6 and then the group bought a bus manufacturer in which to place its electric technology. BYD’s export plan seems to be focusing largely on its EV technology, especially in Europe and North America where there is a greater demand and greater acceptance of greener vehicles.
BYD, the world’s largest electric bus manufacturer, will work together with Bulmineral Ltd, to manufacture pure electric buses in Breznik, Bulgaria. This will enable BYD to break into local markets in Bulgaria and expand to other countries in Europe.
The 12-metre long BYD electric bus is able to run 250 km (155 miles) on a single charge in urban conditions. This allows a travelling range that is sufficient for one whole shift in most cities. The core technology of BYD electric buses is BYD’s self-developed Iron-Phosphate battery technology boasting the highest safety, longest service life and most environmentally-friendly rechargeable chemistry . It also contains no heavy metals or toxic electrolytes. The accumulated mileage of BYD electric buses in Shenzhen, China alone has surpassed 11.81 million kilometers (or 7.33 million miles) by the end of November 2012.
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