BYD wins Schiphol contract: 35 pure electric buses for airside services

Amsterdam, July 16th, 2013. Fast growing automotive supplier BYD has scored a major victory – it has been selected to supply a new fleet of electric buses to transfer passengers between the terminals and aircraft at Europe’s leading airport, Amsterdam Schiphol. The emission free BYD ebus models, due to enter service in July 2014, will replace an ageing fleet of specialised conventionally powered buses.

The SUBSS Project (SUstainable Bus System Schiphol) aims to provide a new generation of emission free airside transfer vehicles which will enhance the airport’s image with passengers and airlines, reduce bus maintenance and management costs and improve air quality by reducing the emission of CO2 and NOx.

The order, won through competitive tender in the face of intense pressure from four other established suppliers, is a major triumph for BYD since Amsterdam’s leading position makes it a role model in the airport industry. All European airports are facing pressures to cut harmful emissions.

The BYD ebus is a well proven full size single deck bus which has completed more than 17 million kilometres in passenger carrying services and has been trialled in major cities across Europe.

BYD, which has its European headquarters in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, is rolling out a wide range of pure electric vehicles, including buses and taxis, as part of its Green City Solutions programme. All these vehicles use the company’s advanced and environmentally friendly iron-phosphate Fe batteries for their power.

Jos Nijhuis, CEO & President Schiphol Group : “Amsterdam Airport Schiphol will be the first airport in the world making bus transport at airside electric. After a European open tender, the contract was awarded to the best bid in terms of quality, energy performance and price. The switch to electric buses will help us in creating a healthier and more pleasant environment for travellers and employees alike. The buses will be put into operation in 2014, making transportation at the airport more environmentally friendly and more sustainable.”

 “Winning this contract is a vital step in our programme to deliver emissions free public transport vehicles”, said Isbrand Ho, BYD Europe’s Managing Director. “We won this contract on the strength of our proven technology and ability to support what is a 10-year operating contract. We are fully confident that this high-profile contract will persuade many other bus operators – inside and outside the airport business – that we can meet their needs”.

The motivation behind the Schiphol SUBSS project is complex. Some of the current buses are approaching the end of their technical service life, mainly because of wear and tear of the fossil fuel engines which rarely reach optimal operating temperatures on short journeys from terminal to aircraft.This results in high maintenance costs and poor emissions performance. Research has shown that passengers consider the inhaling of emissions to be very annoying. The current buses have also proved to be too big at 14 metres long and 2.7 metres wide for the Schiphol airside infrastructure, resulting in regular accidental damage.

The emissions free BYD ebus is 12m metres long – the same size as normal buses operating on city streets.

L.A. Metro to Purchase Its First Electric Buses for Los Angeles County Transit Riders

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Board of Directors today approved a contract with BYD Motors for the manufacture and delivery of up to 25 new all-electric buses as part of a $30 million clean air bus technology pilot project.

This is the first time in Metro’s history that all-electric, zero-emission transit buses will be purchased and placed into revenue service as the agency evaluates electric bus technologies and their applicability to meet L.A.’s rigorous transit needs.

Metro’s Advanced Transit Vehicle Consortium (ATVC), a partnership with L.A. City, L.A. County and South Coast Air Quality Management District, will initially purchase five low-floor, 40-foot all-electric buses. After an initial period of testing and evaluation, Metro may then choose to purchase up to 20 additional buses. Metro will also initiate a new solicitation to convert six existing Metro gasoline electric hybrid buses to Super Low Emission Bus standards.

The BYD contract contains a local jobs component that stipulates that the firm implement a local jobs program. BYD will comply by performing final assembly of bus components at its new manufacturing facilities in L.A. County. A Lancaster, California plant, which opened in May, is the international firm’s first manufacturing facility in the United States.

“Metro already operates the nation’s largest compressed natural gas bus fleet, but this initiative sets Metro on a new course for transitioning to even cleaner electric buses that will be assembled right here in Los Angeles County at the BYD manufacturing plant in Lancaster,” said Michael D. Antonovich, L.A. County Supervisor and Metro Board Chair.

In 2011 Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa co-authored a motion with Metro board members and County Supervisors Don Knabe and Antonovich to jump-start Metro’s Super Low/Zero Emission Bus Program to meet future vehicle emission reduction targets set by the California Air Resources Board.

The program seeks to test rapidly evolving electric vehicle technologies that have enhanced operating characteristics including extended range, better integrated subsystems and lighter weight construction. Metro will evaluate whether the new all-electric buses can reduce operating and maintenance costs and lower life cycle costs compared with Metro’s current fleet.

BYD’s electric buses use the company’s own iron phosphate rechargeable batteries which can reportedly travel 155 miles between charges with a full passenger load. The firm has manufacturered more than 1,000 electric buses in China and was rated highest in the proposal process for technical compliance, project management and past performance.

“In 2010, when BYD made Los Angeles its North American corporate headquarters it signaled L.A.’s emergence as a center for tomorrow’s clean vehicle technologies,” said Mayor Villaraigosa. “Through partnerships like this contract, BYD is helping Los Angeles continue to lead the way in developing clean, green transportation solutions, and keeping L.A. at the forefront of the cleantech revolution.”

Metro anticipates receiving the new buses early next year. Following an initial evaluation and testing period, Metro plans to initiate new procurements for additional “next generation” zero-emission and super low emission buses based on technology developments anticipated within the next one to three years.

“BYD very much admires the forward-thinking vision of Metro and is thrilled about partnering with this great transit agency to deliver truly zero-direct-emissions buses while building up local California jobs to support these buses from our L.A. Headquarters or our bus assembly plant in Lancaster, California,” said Stella Li, BYD Motors President.

The program is part of a larger effort to test clean air prototype buses prior to the next Metro replacement bus proceurement in 2016. Funding for the buses has been made available using Measure R funds dedicated for transit operations. Currently, Metro has a fleet of 2,238 clean air compressed natural gas buses operating on 183 bus routes throughout Los Angeles County.

For additional information on Metro transit services, please visit www.metro.net

Not only grid parity, but also grid quality!

BYD solution launch on Munich Intersolar Exhibition

June 19, 2013, BYD attended Intersolar exhibition in Munich again with its overall solution “Not only grid parity, but also grid quality!”-PV + Tracking System + Inverter + Energy Storage Solution as the theme. BYD’s participation greatly enlivened the gray atmosphere brought by EU Double Reverse and lit up the hope of grid connected photovoltaic power generation.

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As the first Chinese enterprise honored with “Zayed Future Energy Prize” in large enterprise category, BYD has got involved in several business fields of IT, automobile and new energy. A few years ago, BYD invested heavily to build its new energy empire while it had already achieved a great deal of successes in areas of IT and conventional vehicles. BYD always takes it as its mission to develop more advanced green technologies to serve the society and help settle global energy and environmental problems.

Under the pressure of EU double reverse and cost, many companies have slowed down their development and upgrading of new technologies. BYD has improved the technologies regarding its PV modules all over again after the introduction of its high efficient new PV module technologies. This PV manufacturer has realized mass-production PV modules featuring high-efficient and long lifespan by use of the double glass components that reduce the amount of precious mental and adopt new packaging materials. There are 3 outstanding cell technologies (NEW, CUB and SNB) that improve the efficiency up to 17.8%. Other 5 photovoltaic module technologies are also included: DPG, NEC, POP, TJB and ABC which could be applied on double glass components and promote the output power by 10%, resulting in lower costs and long service life more than 40 years.

In order to increase power output and reduce system cost, BYD developed a unique tracking system for solar power station project. “Our tracking system makes the power more stable, exactly matches generated power with electrical load, which can reduce the peak-regulation pressure of traditional power.” BYD relevant personnel said.

Due to its unique advantages, battery energy storage will contribute a great share in the future development of new energy. BYD`s Fe battery energy storage system can smooth PV output and transfer energy storage, being the best of the best in battery storage. It can further improve the quality of photovoltaic power to traditional power level so as to provide optimal new energy solutions to area with unstable power grid.

“Innovation is part of BYD’s DNA”! – JUWI client gave BYD such an evaluation. By June 20th, the second day of the exhibition, visitor flow slightly decreased, but BYD booth still received a large quantity of enquiries from the customers, unusually popular. BYD new energy overall solution, “PV + Tracking System + Inverter + Energy Storage System”, had been highly praised and recognized by many domestic and foreign customers, and many customers expressed their strong expectation to cooperate with BYD. After carefully inquiring BYD`s specific product information with the personnel, JUWI client cannot help complimenting: “Innovation is part of BYD’s DNA”! Being able to receive such high affirmation fully demonstrates BYD`s capability in technological innovation and makes BYD invincible.

BYD and the City of Lancaster Announce Lancaster Energy Module and Electric Bus Manufacturing Facilities

LANCASTER, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, BYD and the City of Lancaster joined together to announce the arrival of two BYD manufacturing facilities in Lancaster. BYD, a leading international firm specializing in rechargeable batteries, vehicle manufacturing and green energy technologies, will begin operating an electric bus manufacturing facility and an Iron-Phosphate energy module (large-scale battery) manufacturing facility in the coming months. These mark the first manufacturing facilities in the United States for BYD Motors Inc, a Los Angeles-based subsidiary of the Chinese firm BYD Company Ltd (1211.HKE).

Image“We truly are making history,” said Mayor R. Rex Parris. “The City of Lancaster is honored to play host to BYD, a first-rate firm known around the globe as a leader in battery and sustainable energy technologies. Our community looks forward to working hand-in-hand with BYD as they develop and perfect their e-bus and energy storage technology right here in Lancaster. The opening of not one, but two manufacturing facilities will provide local workers with hundreds of jobs as BYD expands its operations here in the United States, and also represents a significant investment into our local economy and in California.”

“Our relationship with the City of Lancaster started in 2009, when Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich and the LAEDC President, Bill Allen, introduced us”
China-based BYD, short for “Build Your Dreams,” boasts more than 160,000 employees around the world, with operations in China, the US, Europe, Japan, South Korea, India, Taiwan, Hong Kong and other regions. BYD’s US corporate headquarters is located in Los Angeles, while the Lancaster facilities mark the firm’s first manufacturing facilities in North America. “Our relationship with the City of Lancaster started in 2009, when Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich and the LAEDC President, Bill Allen, introduced us,” said Stella Li, President of BYD Motors. “We have been extremely impressed with the resources of LA County and the leadership shown across many cities, including Los Angeles, Long Beach and Lancaster.” In 2010, Supervisor Antonovich led a trade mission to China, inviting Mayor Parris and City representatives to join in an effort to attract firms to Lancaster. Mayor Parris and his team visited BYD’s headquarters in Shenzhen, China to further develop the relationship. “We were pleased to initiate this vital partnership with BYD, the County and the City of Lancaster and look forward to its continued success with two new world-class manufacturing facilities that will create jobs and enhance the economic vitality here in the Antelope Valley and throughout the region,” said Supervisor Antonovich. As a result of the trip to China, the BYD-City of Lancaster relationship bore its first fruit: the “Home of the Future.” Upon returning to the US, Mayor Parris led an effort to partner with BYD and homebuilding giant KB Home to create this “Home of the Future,” which utilized BYD solar panels, BYD LED lighting, energy-efficient technologies, and BYD residential energy storage to create an affordable green energy home. “This innovative use of cutting-edge technology, coupled with the ability of the BYD/KB team to think outside the box to create the most affordable production green energy home our country had ever seen, was truly inspiring,” said Parris. “This cemented the concept in my mind that BYD must be part of Lancaster’s future. Their developing technologies dovetail perfectly with our community’s sustainable energy goals, while also providing stable green jobs for local residents.”

In April, BYD was awarded a $12.1 million contract with Long Beach Transit Authority to produce 10 zero-emissions, all-electric buses. The company’s state-of-the-art electric buses provide a range of over 155 miles on a single charge, among the highest in the electric bus industry. “BYD is thrilled to be a part of the new zero-emissions legacy beginning in Long Beach with their electrified public transportation. Mayor Foster and LBT CEO Larry Jackson are visionary leaders in that community,” stated Stella Li. “Additionally, our Los Angeles Headquarters will continue to expand research and development jobs to support these manufacturing facilities as well as sales and HR support for all of North and South America – thanks to Mayor Villariagosa.” BYD has purchased the former Rexhall Industries recreational vehicle manufacturing facility in Lancaster at 46147 BYD Boulevard (previously 7th Street West) to house its electric bus manufacturing operations, as a decrease in demand for RVs has led to excess capacity at the plant. Rexhall Industries will combine its manufacturing operations with its sales facility on 23rd Street West, while President and Chief Executive Officer of Rexhall Industries, William Rex, will stay on as General Manager for BYD Coach & Bus LLC. A number of current Rexhall employees will also stay on as the plant transitions to BYD ownership. “This truly is the best of both worlds,” said Mayor Parris. “With this arrangement, BYD benefits from a ready-made, fully-permitted facility which perfectly suits its needs, and will also enjoy access to the expertise of highly trained personnel with extensive experience in the manufacturing industry. Simultaneously, Rexhall staff will enjoy stable, green-sector jobs, along with a significant number of local families who will benefit from the new jobs BYD’s operations will create.”

56% Reduction Anticipated in Hong Kong Vehicle Emissions Through Electrified Public Transportation

HONG KONG – March 20th, 2013: BYD Company Ltd announced solutions for electrifying Hong Kong City’s public transport with plans to replace diesel buses and LPG taxis. Experts anticipate that this will reduce Hong Kong’s vehicle emissions nearly 56% 1-see note. BYD concurrently unveiled its plan to introduce e6 pure electric taxis in the region in May of this year. Chuan-fu Wang, Chairman and President of BYD Company Limited, remarked, “Hong Kong has been dedicated to promoting green transport for quite some time – electrifying public transportation will not only significantly save costs, but it will also dramatically lower the city vehicle emissions and improve air quality, creating a tremendous social impact!”

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The first fleet of 45, BYD e6 pure electric taxis are scheduled for launch in Hong Kong in May of this year. Meanwhile, BYD and multiple partners have already built and tested three charging stations in Oi Man Estate, Shek Wai Kok Estate and Wong Tai Sin.

The second batch of charging stations is expected to be set up before May with the expectation that each taxi will be complemented by a charging appliance. BYD is also collaborating with local industry partners to pursue further developments in electrified public transport for Hong Kong (including BYD 40-foot electric buses) 1

BYD estimates that emissions from a taxi are equivalent to the sum of those from 14 private cars, while emissions from a single-deck bus are equivalent to those from 33 private cars and emissions from a double-decker bus are equivalent to those from 57 private cars. The total emissions of the 18,133 taxis, 7,150 single-deck buses and 5,564 double-decker buses in Hong Kong are therefore equivalent to the sum of those from over 800,000 private cars. Of the total emissions from the 650,000 vehicles on Hong Kong’s roads, about 56% comes from single-deck buses, double-decker buses and taxis combined. Hence, eliminating all emissions from these fossil fueled vehicles would represent a corresponding 56% reduction in the total emissions from all vehicles.

Public transport is one of the major sources of air pollution in cities. Replacing the eighteen-thousand (18,000) LPG taxis and twelve-thousand (12,000) diesel buses with electric taxis and buses would mean a reduction in emissions equivalent to over eight hundred-thousand (800,000) private cars,1 a leap towards an ultimate target: low-city-noise, zero emissions and zero pollution. Electrified public transport is one of the most important ways to reduce vehicle emissions and improve roadside air pollution. In addition, given the difference in price between fossil fuels and electricity, electric transport can also help the transport industry save costs. For instance, each BYD e6 pure electric taxi is capable of saving approx. one-hundred-ten thousand HKD (110,000HKD) annually in operating costs [Please refer to Appendix 1].

BYD’s pure electric vehicles use an Iron-Phosphate (or Fe) battery, which touts industry-leading safety qualifications and superior life. The battery maintains high-performance capabilities over long periods of use and can stably withstand extreme conditions. Taking the e6 pure electric vehicle as an example, after 4,000 charging cycles, the capacity of the battery remains still remains at above 75% of its original capacity, and the total mileage can reach over one million (1,000,000) km. The BYD e6 can completely fulfill the usage requirements of taxis and private cars. Apart from this, the e6 pure electric vehicle has passed all safety testing to international standards, and the K9 pure electric bus has received the EC Whole Vehicle Type Approval (WVTA) and US FMVSS safety certification. 

Since 2010, BYD has conducted its electric vehicle commercial operations on a large scale. As of the end of February this year, BYD had rolled out 800, e6 pure electric taxis in Shenzhen, accumulating close to fifty-five million (55M) km in total mileage. The mileage of a single electric taxi is well over 300,000 km, which is equivalent to the total mileage accumulated in more than 10 years of driving an average private car. 200 K9 pure electric buses have been running in Shenzhen and have exceeded fourteen million (14M) km in total mileage, which means each vehicle has reached over 110,000 km on average. These electric vehicles are operating steadily, without any apparent reduction in performance. Electrified public transport is steadily gaining approval more countries world-wide, thanks to the continuous advancement of electric vehicle technologies and the successful examples of large-scale commercial operations. BYD has engaged in these operations throughout China, and in the Netherlands, the United States, Denmark, Colombia and the United Kingdom. In London, England, for instance, BYD is introducing 50 e6 pure electric taxis and setting up the country’s first fleet of electric vehicles. In Bogota, Colombia, BYD earlier introduced 49 e6 pure electric taxis, with trial operation slated to begin this year. Public e6 electric vehicles will soon be operating on a large scale in Hong Kong as well. As a major force behind the emerging global trend, BYD continues to promote the development of electrified public transport worldwide. For more information, visit BYD at http://www.facebook.com/bydcompany and www.byd.com 

Appendix 1:

Since there is substantial price differential between LPG and electricity, the operating costs of an LPG-fuelled taxi and an electric taxi are significantly different. On average, a taxi in Hong Kong runs 500 km a day for 353 days a year (taxis take one day for maintenance every month). The calculation shows that a normal LPG taxi consumes 17L of natural gas for every 100km, and that an e6 pure electric taxi consumes 26kWh for every 100km. With reference to the LPG cost of HKD 5/L and the electricity cost of HKD 1.02/kWh, each electric taxi saves HKD 318 per day, or approximately HKD110 thousand a year, on operating costs [See Table 1].

Table 1: Comparison between the Operating Costs of an LPG Taxi and a BYD e6 Pure Electric Taxi 

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11 all electric car BYD e6s arrive at US

Feb 19th in the morning, 11 BYD e6s arrive at US, we took the BYD ebus to pick them up. After floating on the sea for over one month, the e6s were covered by dust. But with the ebus leading ahead, 11 e6s following behind, our pure electric fleet attracted lots of attention along the way back to BYD’s LA headquarters.

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UPA Installs 500KWh Environmentally- Friendly Containerized Battery from BYD

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – November 5th, 2012: BYD Ltd and Utility Partners of America (UPA) has put into service the largest renewable-balancing battery systems for one of the largest investor- owned utility companies in North America. The 40-foot, self-contained Energy Storage Station (ESS) is located in south Charlotte and has several BYDvertically integrated components including; a 200KW Bi-directional, UL-compliant BYD inverter with BYD’s 500KWh Iron Phosphate battery — the first rechargeable chemistry that is completely environmentally-friendly. The battery contains no heavy metals or toxic electrolytes and is capable of meeting strict requirements for reliability, cycle and service life – the expected service life of the Iron-Phosphate batteries is over 25 years. BYD mega-watt-scale energy storage stations are installed in several locations in the US and are rated at a 91% AC-DC-AC round-trip-efficiency but have shown actual performance at this site as high as 95.3% — a new benchmark for the ESS industry.

The KEY HIGHLIGHTS of the BYD ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEM:

  • Environmentally-friendly rechargeable battery chemistry containing no heavy metals, no toxic electrolytes and manufactured with no caustic or harmful materials.
  • Superior service life: Can be cycled more than 6,000 times (100% DOD).
  • Fire safe Chemistry is non-explosive and fire-safe even in direct flames.
  • Wider temperature range: Operates from 0C to 60C superior to Lithium-Ion.
  • Superior roundtrip efficiencies: AC-DC-AC efficiency shown to be as high as 94%, an industry benchmark high; DC to DC efficiency as high as 96%.

Todd Stone, UPA’s President and Founder said, “This project memorializes the successful collaboration between UPA and its international and domestic partners who banded together to make this project a success. It also marks a very important day in the development of UPA’s Alternative Energy Solutions (AES) Division which is responsible for the management of EVSE, photo voltaic, and Energy Storage Systems.” Micheal Austin, BYD America Vice President stated, “BYD believes that the only way we can make renewable power ‘relevant to the grid’ is through distributed storage with firm ‘dispatchable’ capacity – we are delighted to work with UPA to install this environmentally-friendly energy storage system for one of the largest utility companies in the US.” BYD has supplied more than 100Mwh in energy storage stations across China and the world. For more information, visit BYD at www.facebook.com/bydcompany and www.byd.com

About UPA
Utility Partners of America (UPA) was formed in 1997 to fulfill the device installation and home warranty service needs of the utility industry. UPA is a full service utility contractor focused on the management of large scale Smart Grid, Demand Response and Alternative Energy implementation projects and Home Warranty service programs. UPA serves water, gas and electric utilities throughout the United States and Canada. UPA’s service offering includes Project Management, Installation Services, Meter Reading, Meter Testing, Recycling and Disposal, Quality Control, Inventory Management, Work Order Management, Call Center Services, Data Management and Marketing. For more information, visit www.utilitypartners.com.

About BYD
BYD is ranked #1 at the top of Bloomberg’s and BusinessWeek’s 2009 Tech 100 List (http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20100520006751/en/BYD-Tops-Bloomberg-Businessweek%E2%80%
99s-12th-Annual-Tech ) and is the leading manufacturer of advanced, environmentally-friendly battery technologies like the BYD’s Iron Phosphate battery used in BYD electric vehicles and electric busses. BYD’s solar panels and LED Lighting systems have CEC, TUV/CE and UL listings, and the company enjoys rapid growth in consumer electronics space and electrified transportation sector manufacturing under its BYD brand. BYD is the fastest-growing Chinese automotive and green energy technology enterprise. The Company trades on the Hong Kong Exchange (HKE) under the ticker numbers (HK.0285 – BYD Electronics) and (HK.1211 – BYD Company Ltd.), as well as on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange under the ticker number (002594 – BYD Company Ltd.). For more information, visit www.byd.com , wwaw.facebook.com/bydcompany or pr@byd.com .