Electric bendy buses by BYD are en route to Iberia
BYD announces its first order for 18-meter-long electric buses on the Iberian Peninsula. The public transport operator Moventis has ordered four articulated e-buses from BYD and expects delivery at the end of 2022. The new customer will deploy the EVs in the Vallés Occidental area near Barcelona.
Moventis will operate the BYD electric buses on working days in the Barcelona Province, linking Sant Joan station with surrounding industrial zones.
“We are delighted to receive our first order from Moventis, made especially noteworthy as it is the first ever order for 18-metre articulated eBuses in the Iberian region,” said Joaquín Bellido, BYD Iberia Sales Director. “These eBuses will provide zero-emission transport services for local people, in a busy commuter hotspot, prompting the net-zero decarbonisation process within Iberia.”
Each of the electric bendy buses accommodates up to 110 passengers. As with most BYD models, there is an Iron-Phosphate battery on board. At a capacity of 478 kWh, it delivers a 300 km range from a single charge.
Jordi Castells, COO of Moventis, said the new e-buses “represent good quality and value for money, as well as high levels of autonomy.”
The partners did not provide information on charging infrastructure. Most BYD buses can be charged at the depot or via a pantograph.
The project is financed by the Regional Railway System of Catalonia (FGC) with undisclosed funding.
With the latest orders from Moventis, BYD claims it has delivered, or on order, over 110 electric buses to public transport operators across Spain. One example is the order from TMB that BYD received in Barcelona in November 2021 or deliveries to Madrid. In Spain, the Chinese manufacturer has a local competitor in Irizar. Solaris has also been active in the region, especially since the Polish company has been taken over by the Spanish rail firm Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles.