SWEDEN The Swedish bus operator Nobina has placed orders for three types of BYD ebuses: 11 of the 12m ebuses, 10 of the 18m articulated ebuses and five of the 8.7m midibuses, making a total of 26 vehicles. Delivery is expected in the summer of 2019.
The buses will be servicing routes in Lidkoping (12m), Boras (18m articulated), and Ale (midibus) in south-west Sweden. Västtrafik is responsible for public transport services in the county Västra Götaland.
BYD already has buses running in several cities in Sweden, including Eskilstuna and Ängelholm and recently also Norrtälje.
With these new orders, it has received orders for more than 100 electric buses in 2018 in Scandinavia.
BYD has previously confirmed midibus orders for the Netherlands and Italy.
Sweden is, after Norway, the second European country to have placed orders for the BYD articulated ebus. An earlier order for a total of 44 artics to Oslo was also placed by Nobina. In total, BYD has sold more than 600 of its ebuses in Europe.
Martin Atterhall, Fleet Manager, Nobina Group said: “There is a rapid growth in the Nordic e-bus market.
Where new technology and electric solutions are enablers for more attractive and sustainable public transport – offering cleaner, quieter and more comfortable traffic.
We are determined to be in the forefront developing and introducing smart and sustainable e-bus solutions to the public transport authorities of the Nordics.”
Isbrand Ho, Managing Director at BYD Europe, said: “Scandinavia has become the fastest growing market for BYD in Europe and is a remarkable success story particularly given both the tough climatic conditions and the strong competitors. With these new orders won for over 100 ebuses in 2018 so far, needless to say that we are delighted with our progress not only commercially but in support of improving air quality in the Nordics.”
Nobina is the largest bus service provider in the Nordic region. Every day, close to one million people arrive at work, school or undertake other activities using its services in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark.
The company has more than 11,000 staff, and is headquartered in Solna, Stockholm.