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January 22 2019
By Tim Deakin

Tim is Editor of routeone and has worked in both the coach and bus and haulage industries.

BYD UK names Frank Thorpe Managing Director

Frank Thorpe joined BYD in August 2016 and is now UK Managing Director

Frank Thorpe has been promoted to the position of BYD UK Managing Director, leading the Chinese manufacturer’s efforts in what it calls its “flagship market in Europe.”

Mr Thorpe joined BYD in August 2016 and he has a long pedigree in the bus industry. “I am honoured to receive this promotion and I am confident that BYD can win future sales success,” he says.

“We have made considerable progress but the road ahead has plenty of challenges – not least from a host of new competitors and the difficulty in obtaining funding support from the relevant authorities. But we have strengths to build on and we are optimistic about the future.”

In partnership with Alexander Dennis, BYD has secured orders for over 200 battery-electric buses in the British market. The two parties will deliver the first Enviro400EV zero-emission double-deckers, a batch of 37 to London operator Metroline, in Q2 2019.

Adds BYD Europe MD Isbrand Ho: “BYD UK will continue to grow under Frank’s leadership. The secret to our ongoing success is not just the sale of electric buses, but the provision of the comprehensive service and support required to operate them effectively.”

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