BYD DESS’s Trip to Italy

In May, BYD energy storage products once again head for Italy. With the help of Enerpoint, a top player among European new energy products distributors, BYD Distributed Energy Storage System successfully finished its road show in Italy. Once again BYD DESS, which adopts BYD core Fe battery technology, was proved to be a superstar and the crowded audience has been undoubtedly the greatest recognition of it.

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The Road show was successively held in Milan, Rome and Bari, covering North, Centre and South of Italy where Enerpoint’s distribution channel is active, with a total number of 143 installers. Enerpoint is one of the best new energy products distributors in Italy, and has vast experience in promoting green products with large clients resource, while BYD owns the world leading energy storage battery technology. With this golden combination, they are bringing high-tech energy storage systems to installers and local customers.

Italy, for a long time, mainly imported electricity from its neighbor countries and the in-house energy mainly came from oil-fired and gas power generation. In order to reduce the
dependence on oil, the government encouraged the expansion of renewable energy like wind power, water power, solar power which had been well developed in the last years. Nevertheless, renewable power generation has insurmountable problems like unpredictability, fluctuations and instability. In addition, the lack of storage technology restricted the development of new energy as well.

Starting in 1995 with battery business, BYD has the world class battery technology, and successfully launched its core battery technology, Fe battery, as the best solution for energy storage systems. Fe battery features with high energy density, high safety and very long service life.
Energy storage systems can efficiently solve the fluctuations and instability of the electricity generated by renewable energy. With the application of energy storage system, on one hand the electricity generated by wind, solar or water could be stored, especially when the production is far beyond the consumption and then released to the loads when peak time. On the other hand, battery energy storage system could smooth the oscillations and make the output stable.
The CEO of Enerpoint, Mr. Paolo Rocco Viscontini stated: “We are pleased to have BYD advanced DESS here in Italy. We are confident in BYD, BYD products and our cooperation. Even though the market is not that open at this stage, with our great effort we will succeed”. BYD Deputy General Manager, Julia Chen, expressed her hope that BYD technology and its products can really bring benefits and convenience to the area. Meanwhile, she was satisfied of the renewed cooperation and wish to work more closely to achieve a win-win situation.

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton rides in BYD pure-electric Taxi across Colombia

May 22nd 2013 – President Bill Clinton visited the historical city of Cartagena, Colombia today to support government officials in their  climate-change actions. He was accompanied by the Mayor of Bogota,  Gustavo Pedro during a test drive in the city’s newest, pure-electric, zero-emissions taxis  –  the BYD  e6. Colombia officials assigned the BYD pure electric taxi e6 as the only transport vehicle for  President Clinton during his visit to Colombia. President Clinton  discussed global warming and climate change with Mayor Pedro  and gave him advice on new actions to take. During their break  period, Mr. Clinton was interested to see the electro-mechanical structures of the e6.
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Clinton even opened the front hood of e6 himself to view the internal structure. He was quite impressed and stated, that “such a pure electric taxi would be quite helpful improving urban air  conditions.”

Mayor Pedro was the vehicle driver with Mr. Clinton sitting in the co-pilot position  (not pictured was Environment Secretary-General of Colombia in the back seat). The mayor said in a communiqué later, “the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) has been very supportive of Bogota Human City Development Program, joining together with Bogota to develop pure electric taxi pilot program, also implementing the hybrid and pure electric bus program, and establishing the city funds to mitigate risks to face the climate change issues.”  The Mayor  continued saying,  “the purpose of meeting with Mr. Clinton is to reinforce the working relationship between administrative organization, Clinton Climate Initiative and the C40 organization, taking necessary measures to reduce global warming on the risks of different cities.”
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Through a partnership of the public and private sectors, Clinton  Climate Initiative promotes environmental protection and supports the Government of Bogota with the implementation of  electrified  public transportation.  At the  end of last year, BYD announced the launch of the first pure electric taxi fleets in Bogota, Colombia, designed to work together with Bogotá, to promote the urban public transportation electrification, relieving urban congestion and improving air quality.  With BYD’s urban public transportation electrification solution, the pure electric bus also received accolades during the Clinton Climate Initiative’s  C40  Bus testing programs. With its excellent energy performance, the BYD electric bus  was been recognized as the  most efficient  bus operationally and environmentally. This third party’s test report was strong evidence for the superiority of BYD electric bus.

About BYD

BYD is ranked #1 at the top of Bloomberg’s and Business Week’s 2009 Tech 100 List 
(http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20100520006751/en/BYD-Tops-Bloomberg-Bu sinessweek%E2%80%99s-12th-Annual-Tech ) and is the leading manufacturer of advanced, environmentally-friendly battery technologies like the  Iron Phosphate  battery used in BYD  electric vehicles and electric buses. BYD’s solar panels and LED Lighting
systems have CEC, TUV/CE and UL listings, and the company enjoys rapid growth in the 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 Stock Exchange (HKSE) 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, please visit  www.byd.com,  www.facebook.com/bydcompany  or emailpr@byd.com.  

Contacts

In CHINA: 
Sherry Li, BYD 
pr@byd.com 
tel: +86-755-8988-8888

In US:
Micheal Austin, BYD
micheal.austin@byd.com 
tel:  1(800)  BYD-AUTO

Hong Kong’s First Pure-Electric Taxis Begin Service, Revolutionizing Public Transport

HONG KONG–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, BYD announced the launch of Hong Kong’s first all-electric taxi fleet, BYD e6 electric cross-over sedan at a launch ceremony held at the Hong Kong Science Park. BYD closely collaborated with Sime Darby Motors Group (Sime Darby), Hong Kong Taxi & Public Light Bus Association Limited, The Link Management Limited, CLP Power Hong Kong Limited and The Hong Kong Electric Company Limited to place into service the first batch of 45, BYD e6 Taxis. BYD also announced that the e6 “Taxi version” and e6 “Premier” sedan were now officially on sale in Hong Kong. Mr. John Tsang Chun-wah, the GBM, JP, Financial Secretary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Regional Government welcomed BYD to Hong Kong and reaffirmed his commitment to “promoting environmental sustainability by laying the foundation for Hong Kong to become a zero emissions city.”

Mr. Wang Chuan-fu, Chairman and President of BYD Company Limited affirmed, “As a leading innovator in the green-energy market sector, BYD uses best-of-breed EV technologies for our e6 Taxis and e6 Premier sedans launching in Hong Kong. This not only asserts our green vision for promoting environmental sustainability for a better world, but is also a significant step for us in bringing green transport to benefit all people — we greatly appreciate the presence of the Honorable Mr. Tsang at the ceremony today, as the support of the Government is of critical importance to the promotion and implementation of EVs in any country or region.” “The support of the taxi industry is essential to the mass-adoption of EVs,” remarked Mr. Wong Chung Keung, President and Chairman of the Hong Kong Taxi & Public Light Bus Association. “We fully support BYD and Sime Darby’s introduction of pure electric taxis in Hong Kong. Our association will embrace this trial project with enthusiasm. We believe our upcoming co-operation with BYD for the promotion of electric taxis in Hong Kong will successfully upgrade the taxi industry and our efforts will not go in vain. We aim for a more pollution-free environment and our target is full replacement of our present vehicles with electric ones in the near future.” Sime Darby offers Hong Kong drivers an eco-friendly transport supporting the development of a sustainable Hong Kong. Mr. Peter Goh, Managing Director of Sime Darby Motors Group said, “We are delighted to work with BYD in bringing the e6 Taxis and Premier sedans to Hong Kong, offering even more unique, eco-friendly driving and transport experiences. Today’s launch is another testament to our commitment to providing top quality and high price-performance-ratio vehicles to our customers.” The BYD e6 is a spacious, 5-passenger, crossover vehicle (EV) powered by the BYD Iron-Phosphate (or Fe) batteries — it has a very long battery life with the highest safety level in the industry. It takes only two hours to fully charge the e6 using AC charging equipment developed by BYD. This pure EV can then travel for an unprecedented range up to 300 km, providing both the driver and passengers with an incomparable driving experience and zero emissions/ zero pollution.

The availability of charging facilities is also critical to EV customers — in conjunction with the introduction of Hong Kong’s first pure electric taxi fleet and the e6 Premier sedans, BYD is setting up 47 chargers in 9 charging locations near car parks throughout Hong Kong as the first phase of deployment. To address the anticipated growth of EV adoption, BYD plans to increase the number of charging facilities as adoption rolls out. These charging stations are now dispersed across Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, New Territories and Lantau Island. The selection of these locations was optimized with the taxi-driver, shift-change locations, while taking into consideration the distance between each station and forming a reasonable coverage network for convenience. In addition, it is only anticipated that a one-hour recharge would only be needed per shift (during a rest or lunch break). Pure electric vehicles are becoming a major trend in the world, especially in densely populated cities like Hong Kong, where many vehicles are driven in a compact area day and night — it is a pressing imperative that this public transportation becomes cleaner. The launch of the e6 Taxi and e6 Premier sedan underscores BYD’s commitment to its “three green dreams” strategy in new energy, which is comprised of; solar energy generation made relevant by environmentally-friendly energy storage, and responsibly using this green energy in electric vehicles. The BYD e6 is a key piece in the BYD vision Zero-Emissions-Eco-System, with this zero emission transport Sime and BYD help bring Hong Kong and its eco-conscious public closer to their goal of sustainability. For more information, please visit www.byd.comwww.facebook.com/bydcompany or email pr@byd.com.

About BYD
BYD is ranked #1 at the top of Bloomberg’s and Business Week’s 2009 Tech 100 List is the leading manufacturer of advanced, environmentally-friendly battery technologies like the Iron Phosphate battery used in BYD electric vehicles and electric buses. BYD’s solar panels and LED Lighting systems have CEC, TUV/CE and UL listings, and the company enjoys rapid growth in the 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 Stock Exchange (HKSE) 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.

About Sime Darby
Sime Darby is a Malaysia-based diversified multinational involved in key growth sectors, namely, plantation, property, motors, industrial equipment, energy & utilities and healthcare. Founded in 1910, its business divisions seek to create positive benefits in the economy, environment and society where it has a presence. Sime Darby is committed to building a sustainable future for all its stakeholders. It is one of the largest companies on Bursa Malaysia with a market capitalization of USD18.6 billion as at 30 June 2012.

 

Contacts

BYD
In CHINA:
Sherry Li, +86-755-8988-8888
pr@byd.com
or
In US:
Micheal Austin, 1(800) BYD-AUTO
micheal.austin@byd.com

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.”

BYD Electric Bus Service Launched in Netherlands

City of Schiermonnikoog is First to Entirely Convert Transit Fleet to All-Electric Buses

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April 25th, 2013 –  SCHIERMONNIKOOG, Netherlands: BYD officially delivered 6 electric buses today in a ceremony at the island home of city of Schiermonnikoog, and the Netherlands’ first National Park in the province of Friesland, Netherlands. “Friesland province now leads Europe in green transportation.  We will soon have a fully-electrified public transportation service with these six BYD electric buses. This is good for Schiermonnikoog, good for tourism, and great for the environment!” stated Friesland Provincial Executive Director Johannes Kramer.  The Six (6) vehicles will be operated by Arriva and entered service today after a special ceremony in the park located in the north of Netherlands.  The vehicles were awarded last June 2012 in Europe’s first publically tendered order for electric-powered full size buses and are planned to provide visitors and residents with an environmentally-friendly public transport system for the next 15 years.  BYD’s unique Electric Bus model is a full-size, 12-meter (40 foot) transit bus powered entirely by the company’s advanced Iron Phosphate batteries.  The BYD buses are comparable to the buses now servicing Schiermonnikoog in terms of size and can accommodate 60-70 passengers. However, the BYD electric bus can be charged at night and with a range of over 250 Km per charge ( > 155 miles ), they can provide service all day without needing another charge.  This project supports Friesland province’s published goals to be fully independent of fossil fuels.  They have identified that over a third of CO2 emissions in the province are the result of traffic and transportation pollution; therefore, they have chosen to electrify public transportation. As the province adopts more and more renewable sources of energy, the benefits are immediately realized in reduced public transportation emissions with electric buses. This National Park has become one of the first places in Europe to entirely convert their public transportion to zero emissions, electric buses.  Member of the provincial executive Johannes Kramer: “This is the Europe’s first fully electric bus tender into service. Friesland is leading the way. This is good for the people living in national park Schiermonnikoog and for the tourists who enjoy it so much.”

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Isbrand Ho, Managing Director of BYD Europe BV, said: “We are delighted to have won this first competitive tender to supply these revolutionary vehicles and to contribute to the environmentally friendly policies of the provincial government in Friesland. They are the first – but certainly not the last – BYD electric buses to go into passenger carrying service in Europe and we anticipate further significant orders following the successful trials programs we have undertaken in many locations”.  BYD has entered into a 15 year maintenance contract to support the buses in service and will be employing locally recruited mechanics to undertake the work.  The BYD Electric Bus Features

· The specially designed wheel-hub motor and the electronically controlled air suspension give the BYD ebus an exceptionally low floor and ample door and floor space for easy disabled and elderly passenger access.

· The front windscreen occupies 2/3 of the frontal area of the bus for maximum viewing and safety. The bus body conveys an elegant exterior image, while the interior boasts adjustable leather drivers seating, high-quality leather seats for passengers and a carefully engineered sound insulation keeping the interior ride whisper quiet.

· BYD’s first pure electric bus also employs many advanced technologies developed internally by BYD’s 15,000 engineers ‘strong R&D team.  For example, the Iron-phosphate or “Fe Battery” used on the BYD ebus is non-polluting: the materials contained in the battery can be recycled or easily disposed of.

The bus has no direct emissions, very low noise, regenerative braking, full AC charging in 5 hours.

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 , www.facebook.com/bydcompany or email pr@byd.com .

 

Contact Us

In Europe:

Penny Peng, BYD
pr@byd.com   tel: +31-102070888

In US:

Micheal Austin, BYD
micheal.austin@byd.com   tel: +1-800-BYD-AUTO

BYD Receives Australian Certificates for Home Energy Storage System

Shenzhen, China – April 9, 2013: With great achievements in Europe and USA, China’s leading  clean energy company, BYD Co Ltd (002594.SZ;1121.HK) made a new step in the global market for its energy storage business. BYD has announced that it has received the Australian  certification for BYD’s home energy storage system, the DESS (Distributed Energy Storage System). These certificates include C-tick and SAA (AS4777 and AS3100) which means BYD has been qualified to sell and operate its energy storage products in Australia. 

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Meanwhile, BYD announced it has reached agreement with Australian company, Fe Batteries Australia, to be the distributor of BYD clean energy products including home energy storage systems (DESS and EPS), Solar PV, LED lighting and solar street lamps in this country. 

 

With these announcements, BYD officially enters the Australian energy storage market.

 

With the recent decrease of the various feed in tariffs (FIT) across Australia, the on-going increases of electricity prices across the country means Australian householders installing Solar PV on their homes or business will be able to use home energy storage systems as an economic way to store the solar energy generated from their roof for later re-use rather than purchasing electricity from the grid or to export their excess energy to their local grid and benefit from their local FIT. 

 

BYD has developed the on-grid home used Distributed Energy Storage System (DESS) to allow Fe Batteries Australia customers to connect their existing or newly installed solar PV systems with battery storage seamlessly through a inverter and battery storage module to their local grid. Allowing solar energy generated to be personally stored in the batteries for later reuse or if in excess to be exported into the grid to maximize their local FIT.

 

Fe Batteries Australia offers customers the option of an Australian approved BYD 3KW/8KWH single-phase system and 9KW/8KWH three-phase system for DESS, as well as BYD off-grid home energy storage systems, the EPS (Emergency Power System) and HES (Home Energy System) depending on the requirements of our customers.

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Ian Goldfinch, Business Director of Fe Batteries Australia commented, Australians have access to abundant sunshine, are environmentally aware, and interested in practical ways to save money on their electricity bills. What has been needed is technology to support home and business energy storage systems. BYD has addressed the technology requirements with its DESS and Fe Batteries Australia is proud to be its distributor to support families and businesses to maximize the use of solar energy and achieve economic benefits.  

 

As BYD’s distributor in Australia, Fe Batteries Australia is delighted to announce that the internationally recognized Australian sustainability guru, Professor Ray Wills has agreed to advise on the entry of BYD product to the Australian market and be the spokesman for Fe Batteries.  “I’m thrilled to join Fe Batteries Australia in promoting BYD products in Australia, with energy storage the keystone to renewable energy, and many opportunities in Australia to show the value of BYD products in both off -grid and on-grid locations,” said Professor Wills.

AD Huang, Business Director of BYD Energy Storage stated, BYD has a long-term strategy and leading position in the clean energy industry and has long committed to developing total solutions including the generation, storage and application of clean energy. BYD will foster a long-term partnership with Fe Batteries Australia to develop the Australian market together, and deliver the  best new energy solutions to customers in Australia.

 

About BYD
BYD is ranked #1 at the top of Bloomberg’s and Business Week’s 2009 Tech 100 List 
(http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20100520006751/en/BYD-Tops-Bloomberg-Businessweek’s-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 buses. 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.). 

About Fe Batteries Australia

Fe Batteries Australia is a Perth based company appointed by BYD to nationalize their renewable and clean energy products. Fe Batteries Australia will focus on the distribution of all BYD new energy products including home energy storage systems (DESS and EPS), PV, LED lighting and solar street lamps through the establishment of retail shops nation-wide to retail the BYD new energy products. Fe Batteries Australia is a member of the Clean Energy Council (CEC), Solar Energy Australia (SEA) and has established and supportive professional relationships with all national power utilities (retail and distribution), the various state and territory governments, including Federal and supports the renewable energy market in Australia. 

For more information, please visit http://febatteries.com.au/ or send email to info@febatteries.com.au 

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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