BYD has received an order for a further 13 eBuses from Swedish operator Nobina for the town of Piteå in the north-east of Sweden where the new BYD fleet will go into service at their most northerly location ever in Europe – close to the arctic circle at latitude 65.31º north.
BYD says that the far northern region of Sweden offered an ideal opportunity to demonstrate the capability of pure electric technology in extremely cold environments, having already seen successful operation in regions throughout Scandinavia.
The buses will be delivered next summer, taking Nobina’s BYD fleet in Sweden to 125 vehicles, including a presence in nine major Swedish towns and cities.
Nobina has for some time been the largest BYD bus fleet customer throughout the Nordic region, with more than 160 BYD eBuses now on order or in operation, including 44 vehicles in service in Norway and Denmark.
Manufactured at BYD’s facility in Komárom, Hungary, Nobina’s latest order has been specified with optional luggage racks.
“After more than five years and over 7 million km driven with BYD eBuses, in nordic conditions, we feel confident about the BYD platform meeting our high demands of a reliable, sustainable and attractive public transport,” says Jens Råsten, fleet manager, Nobina Group.
Isbrand Ho, managing director, BYD Europe, adds: “Nobina places a great deal of confidence in our vehicles and this trust is rewarded with exceptional reliability and productivity; for Scandinavia’s largest public transport operator, this is essential”.