BYD wins third fleet order from EMT Madrid

EMT Madrid has placed a third fleet order with BYD comprising 20 12m eBuses which will take its total BYD fleet to 65.

EMT Madrid’s latest eBuses have an upgraded interior layout including a new handrail arrangement to accommodate increased standing-passenger capacity, and new MirrorEye technology which replaces the vehicle’s external mirrors.

This latest order follows two previous fleet intakes totalling 45 BYD eBuses which have entered service over the past 12-months ahead of the agreed delivery schedule. This existing BYD fleet has since May 2020 completed more than 600,000 electric kilometres on routes in the Spanish capital, cutting CO2 emissions by 585tonnes, according to the manufacturer.

The 20 new BYD eBuses will be manufactured at BYD’s European production facility in Komárom, Hungary, with deliveries scheduled to start at the end of this year.

BYD has now delivered over 70 eBuses to public transport operators throughout Spain, together having completed in excess of 4.5 million electric kilometres and there are more than 700 BYD 12m eBuses in Europe.

“For several years now, EMT has pursued a clear electrification strategy,” says Carlos Sierra, director of transport services, EMT. “This latest purchase allows us to operate a total of 179 electric buses, which account for 8.6 per cent of the whole fleet. EMT is committed to pursuing the implementation of electric bus technology and we now operate 11 electric bus routes across the city of Madrid.”