BYD has equipped Brussels Airport with 30 electric buses. The first 12-metre buses have already been put into service. The delivery also included 30 charging points with which the electric buses can be charged overnight in the terminal.
The customer is the Brussels Airport Company (BAC) whose contract stipulates that BYD will be responsible for servicing the battery buses for a period of ten years. The task of the e-fleet will be to transport airport passengers from the terminals to the aircraft or vice versa. The first BYD buses were tested on the airfield at the beginning of the year. Arnaud Feist, head of the Brussels Airport Company, says that the purchase is being made against the background of the company’s intention to reduce carbon dioxide emissions at the airport by 40 per cent by 2030.
For BYD, this is already the second order from a European airport operator. Chinese electric buses have been in service at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport since June 2015 – now counting a total of 35 vehicles. BYD also operates a charging depot there, which will serve as a model for the planned charging infrastructure in Brussels. Outside Europe, electric BYD buses are already integrated into the airport operations in Sydney, Kansas, Los Angeles and Shenzhen.
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