BYD´s all-new low-floor midibus targeted at European markets.
At the international Busworld exhibition this year at Kortrijk, Belgium, Chinese electric bus maker BYD has unveiled its all-new 8.7-metre battery-powered `Midibus´. This new European-spec e-bus augments the brand´s wide range of electric bus portfolio that already covers 10.2, 10.8 and 12m single deckers, an 18m articulated, double deckers and an inter-city electric coach.
This is the fourth appearance of the electric auto maker at Busworld event, and the company is continuing to prove its expertise as the most important player of electric buses and battery technology, that too in a tech-savvy European market! The company also unveiled its 12-metre low-floor electric bus built 100 percent in Europe for the first time, at its newly established assembly at Komarom in Hungary.
Coming back to the BYD Midibus, the e-bus measures 8,750 mm long, 2,455 mm wide, and 3,225 mm high, with a wheelbase of 4,350 mm. The bus´s floor height is 370 mm, while its turning radius is pegged at 16 metres. BYD claims that the unique frontal design of the Midibus previewing its future family styling sets new standards amid the competition. The all-new aluminium body construction is also superior, it adds. The Midibus can seat up to 58 passengers, along with room for 36 standees. The bus is fully air-conditioned as well.
The battery-operated bus shares BYD´s Iron Phosphate battery technology, which is paired to a 90 x 2 kW electric propulsion. Charging source is twin AC 40 kW units, with a minimum charging time of two hours. BYD claims that the Midibus can clock 200 km range on single charge. The company is hoping to promote this bus in new sectors of the European market, especially on those niche and tricky segments where BYD’s larger models cannot penetrate.