BYD has secured its first order from DB Regio Bus, the national bus transport division of Deutsche Bahn (DB), for its 12-metre eBus, and BYD and DB have signed a framework agreement paving the way for further BYD eBus orders in 2021.
Five battery-electric eBuses will enter service with DB Regio Bus later this year in Ettlingen, in the state of Baden-Württemburg. This is BYD’s second delivery of electric buses in Germany after 22 vehicles were handed over in October 2020 to operators in Gelsenkirchen and Bochum.
The order is also the first for BYD’s latest generation eBus model. Launched at Busworld in 2019, the new, enhanced model features a number of upgrades including an all-new air-conditioning system, a ‘six-in-one’ controller which integrates the vehicle’s principle electronic components, a larger capacity 422kWh battery, and BYD’s 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,” said BYD Europe Managing Director, Isbrand Ho, “which has also been rubber-stamped by the framework agreement for the supply of eBuses later this year. Moreover, the order from such a high profile public transport operator is acceptance of the BYD marque generally in the German bus market. We are a supplier of total eMobility solutions,” he said, “and our ability to form strong partnerships with local authorities and operators will mean, I believe, that we’ll see more and more BYD eBuses in towns and cities throughout Germany.”
DB is the largest provider of bus transport in Germany, with 30 bus companies and affiliates operating a total of over 11,500 buses providing integrated transport throughout the country.