BYD delivers pure electric buses to Sao Paulo

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Stella Li, global vice president of BYD, Tyler Li, president of BYD do Brazil and BYD Vice President of Sales Wilson Pereira , together with Bruno Covas, Mayor of São Paulo, in addition to representatives of Transwollf, the Municipal Secretary of Mobility and Transportation [Photo courtesy of BYD]

Brazil's largest city, São Paulo, has received its first delivery of pure electric buses made by BYD, China's leading promoter of renewable energy projects, as part of a pilot project that involves clean energy generated by BYD's locally-produced solar panels.

A symbolic ceremony acknowledging the delivery of the first 15 units took place on Dec. 10 at the São Paulo City Hall. It was attended by dignitaries including BYD's Global Vice President Stella Li, BYD do Brazil President Tyler Li, BYD Brazil Sales Vice President Wilson Pereira, São Paulo Mayor Bruno Covas, João Octaviano, municipal secretary of mobility and transportation of the city of São Paulo, Milton Leite, president of Town Hall of São Paulo and Paulo Cézar Shingai, president of SPTrans.

Equipped with a proprietary lithium ion battery, each BYD D9W bus is able to cover 250 kilometers on one charge. It has a full passenger capacity of 80 and is wheelchair-friendly. The first three vehicles that will make up the project currently being developed with Transwolff, a local subsystem company operating in the southern part of the city.

BYD's Global Vice President Stella Li said, "BYD has been a global leader in pure electric bus sales for four consecutive years, delivering more than 45,000 units worldwide. The company will continue to make large investments in its local operation, sharing with Brazilians its mission to promote technological innovations for a better life.”

BYD Brazil's Vice President for Sales Wilson Pereira added: "Our recent deliveries, not only in the Brazilian market, but also in Chile, have made BYD the leader in the electric bus sector in South America."

Last January, the city's mayor at the time João Doria (now governor of the State of San Paulo) approved a new climate change bill requiring a steady annual reduction of local pollutants (NOx & Particulate Matter) and CO2, in order to reach a fossil fuel-free public transportation system in 20 years.

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