BYD is progressing in electrification and that fast with orders coming in not only from Europe but its home country too. From the megacity Shenzhen an order over 500 electric dump trucks has arrived and BYD is to advance into other UV terrain as well.
Even for BYD the order from two companies based in Shenzhen is a large one. It will be the first batch of electric dump trucks launched by BYD after the company started developing new energy trucks in 2012.
Ordered was model T10ZT said to be able to operate for as long as 280 kilometres fully loaded with a capacity of 10.6 cubic metres and a maximum gradeability of 50 percent.
The deal with BYD also includes the delivery of equipment for both stationary and mobile charging and BYD says the electric dump trucks can be fully charged in 90 minutes.
Garbage collection is not the only field BYD is looking to electrify though. Xiao Haiping, who is in charge of PR of the BYD commercial vehicle sales division, said that the company would launch electric concrete mixer trucks in future.
It is estimated that the exhaust gas emission of a traditional dump truck or a concrete mixer truck could be equivalent to a total of 70 private cars. So if all dump trucks and concrete mixer trucks in Shenzhen go electric, the annual amount of emissions would decrease by more than 1.6 million tonnes and 31,200 tonnes, respectively.
For Shenzhen this is not an unlikely scenario. The centrally controlled megalopolis has recently completed the electrification of its entire bus system. Their 16,359 electric vehicles are the world’s biggest electric bus fleet and the city installed approx. 8,000 charging points at 510 bus stops. In a next step, Shenzhen plans to tackle its 12,518 cabs in operation and over 60 percent are said to be electric-powered already. Until 2020, this figure shall climb to 100 percent.
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