BYD has received their first order from Danish company Anchersen for 27 electric 12-metre buses. The buses are to be used in the Danish capital Copenhagen and are expected to go into regular operation by the end of 2019.
The buses will operate on a north-south axis in the city between Emdrup Torv and Lergravsparken. They will be charged in the Anchersen depot in Avedore Holme. COO Søren Englund stated that the company aims to reach the same degree of reliability with the electric buses as they currently do with diesel buses. He added that the decision to order from BYD was made after an extensive analysis, which showed that the Chinese manufacturers would best fulfil the needs in the Danish capital.
Arriva Danmark had ordered 21 articulated buses from VDL Bus & Coach in September, of the variety Citea SLFA-180 Electric. These will take up operation in Copenhagen by December 2019, and are part of a larger order of 40 electric buses for the Danish capital.
Copenhagen has already announced their intention of only ordering fully electric city buses beginning in 2025. This decision was made alongside eleven other major cities as part of the C40 city network. It was recently also announced that their famous harbour ferries will also be electrified.
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