BYD has secured its first order from DB Regio Bus, the national bus transport division of Deutsche Bahn. BYD and Deutsche Bahn have signed a framework agreement paving the way for further BYD eBus orders in 2021.
Initially, five 12m BYD eBuses will enter service with DB Regio Bus later this year in Ettlingen, Baden-Württemburg. It is the second delivery of BYD electric buses in Germany following 22 vehicles in October 2020 for operators in Gelsenkirchen and Bochum.
The order from DB Regio Bus is also the first for BYD’s latest eBus model. Launched at Busworld in 2019, the new model features upgrades including a new air-conditioning system, a ‘6-in-1’ controller which integrates the vehicle’s principle electronic components, a larger capacity 422kWh battery, and a FleetLink vehicle monitoring system.
“This important order is indicative of the confidence that Deutsche Bahn places in our best-selling, and latest generation, 12-metre product,” says BYD Europe managing director Isbrand Ho, “which has also been rubber-stamped by the framework agreement for the supply of eBuses later this year.“