Chinese electric bus manufacturer, BYD, and Spanish bus builder, Unvi, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to deliver a solution for electric open top sightseeing buses. BYD will supply the batteries, chassis and related systems whilst Unvi will build the open top bodywork. The MOU was signed by MD of BYD Europe, Isbrand Ho and CEO of Unvi, Eloy Perez Martinez. Further announcements concerning the manufacturer’s joint products are expected to be made in the coming months.
Isbrand Ho said, ‘It has long been our intention to offer our unique battery electric technology in these hugely popular open top tourist buses. With the recognition of the pressure of air quality issues on our city environments, and the consequent moves to ban or restrict diesel powered vehicles, transition to pure electric vehicles is a fast developing necessity. So we are delighted to forge this new partnership with Unvi, the true world leader in the open top double decker market.’
Eloy Perez Martinez said, ‘BYD is without question the foremost expert in electric bus technology and supply and our new joint venture will result in an outstanding offer to our clients across Europe. We look forward to converting our existing clients to this new and exciting zero pollution technology and winning new ones too.’