Danish Bus Operator Considers Introducing More BYD K9 E-buses
2012-07-30 Source：china auto review
Summarize：Denmark’s biggest public transport agency Movia recently said it “will consider introducing more and more” BYD K9 e-buses if they meet its requirements for reliability after BYD launched two K9 e-buses in a two-year trial run in Copenhagen, according to a company statement.
www.chinabuses.org: Denmark’s biggest public transport agency Movia recently said it “will consider introducing more and more” BYD K9 e-buses if they meet its requirements for reliability after BYD launched two K9 e-buses in a two-year trial run in Copenhagen, according to a company statement.
BYD and Movia signed agreements for the K9 operation in Copenhagen in March 2011. Under the agreements, BYD provided two K9 pure electric buses for test run by Movia, whose network includes 570 bus lines and it carries some 213 million passengers per year.
Movia intends to test the K9 to see if it can replace its existing diesel-powered fleet, and thereby help to reduce pollution and improve urban air quality. Under a two-year pilot scheme, the company will test the bus for operational stability, battery life, running costs and user satisfaction.
BYD K9 e-bus
The company already runs small electric buses on some Copenhagen routes, but the K9 could become the first full-size electric bus to run on ordinary passenger routes in the country.
BYD business director Yongping Chen said he hopes the two-year project “will benefit the acceptance of our electric buses in other European countries.”
BYD has expanded its green bus services to several European countries including Germany, Finland and the Netherlands. Last June, BYD won a tender to provide the island of Schiermonnikoog in the Netherlands with six K9 electric buses.
The company has also sold 10 e-buses this year to the city of Windsor in Canada.
As BYD’s first pure electric bus model, the K9 is expected to reduce emissions by 55 percent compared to traditional buses. The K9 can be fully charged within four to six hours, and can travel 250 kilometers on a single charge.
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