Swedish regional bus operator Nobina, based in Solna, Stockholm, has increased the size of its BYD eBus fleet with two separate deliveries, totaling 34 vehicles, for operations with public transport authorities in Linköping and Halland. Official handover formalities were coordinated simultaneously at separate locations on 15 June. The latest delivery comprises eighteen low-floor 18.6-metre articulated buses for the city of Linköping and sixteen 12-metre buses for services throughout the province of Halland on Sweden’s south-western coast. The articulated model offers enhanced passenger capacity – approximately 105 (including 37 seated) – and a 24-metre turning circle. For its Halland operation, Nobina has selected BYD’s best-selling 12-metre low-floor model with 26 seats and total carrying capacity of 68.
These new buses take Nobina’s total intake of eBuses from BYD to over 160 either in operation or on order, and including an order for 13 12-metre models earlier in April for the town of Piteå in the north-east of Sweden.
“Nobina is strengthening the position as the leading operator of electric and sustainable public transport services in the Nordics,” said Jens Råsten, Fleet Manager at Nobina Group. “Where the technical e-mobility concept by BYD has proven to fit perfectly well into the high demands among customers and PTAs in the Nordics regarding flexibility, total transport economy, quality and reliability.”
“Despite the coronavirus pandemic, we have remained steadfast in our commitment to supporting Public Transport Operators with our products and services,” added Isbrand Ho, Managing Director, BYD Europe, “our customers are clearly planning ahead and they need to rely on BYD to continue the partnership – even when times are tough.
“Nobina is an excellent example of a forward-thinking bus operator – an operator that understands that a sustainable, pure-electric bus fleet can deliver high levels of productivity while appealing to more and more passengers who demand clean, sustainable public transport.”