First buses built by BYD France to be delivered

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The first pure electric bus built by BYD France and destined for local use. [Photo/]

The French factory of BYD, China's world-leading innovator in electric-powered public transportation, based in Beauvais in the northern part of the country, has completed its first two pure e-buses for a local client.

BYD France held an inauguration ceremony on Tuesday to mark the event. The 12m-long buses are for use in to Agglo du Beauvaisis, a community in the Beauvais area.

Beauvais is the first city in France to order BYD e-buses, and they will begin daily operations within November, operating on a route from Beauvais-Tillé airport to the City Hall and train station, as well as on an express liaison shuttle bus route to the hotels.

The vehicles, operated by French bus operator Transdev, will travel up to 160km a day on a single charge provided overnight at Corolis, a Transdev network Depot in Beauvais. 

The buses will be officially delivered to the Agglo du Beauvaisis this Saturday at a ceremony in front of  Beauvais Cathedral. 

Isbrand Ho, managing director of BYD Europe and president of BYD France, said : "We are very pleased to deliver our first e-buses to Beauvais, the region where our plant is established. The French electric bus and coach market is one of the largest in Europe, and that is one of the main reasons we chosen to locate our production site in Allonne. BYD has the capacity to make zero emission French-built electric buses in line with the spirit of the 2015 Paris Climate Summit. "

BYD so far has confirmed over 600 e-bus orders in Europe, making it the leading supplier.

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