In a recent event in Paris, BYD unveiled what it describes as the ‘world’s first’ pure electric coach, currently under homologation testing prior to its introduction in Europe. The French capital was chosen for the preview appearance thanks to a drive by the city’s mayor to reduce pollution from such vehicles. With a range of 200km under typical operating conditions and a recharge time of 2.5 hours, the vehicle is designed to deliver 241bhp.
MD of BYD Europe, Isbrand Ho, said, ‘We’ll shortly be announcing our introduction plans for our coach in Europe, with France as our first market. Many of the technologies we have developed about our city bus range, also with experience of millions of kilometres of in service running, are applicable to this new model. We are confident we have a vehicle which exactly suits the city’s needs.’