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October 11 2017
By Mel Holley

Mel is the Editor at routeONE magazine. He has more than 30 years’ experience in road and rail transport journalism.

New frontal design and new features from BYD

BYD's stand at RNTP Marseille this week underlines the company's commitment to the French bus market, the largest in Europe.

Not only is BYD commissioning a new bus assembly plant in Beauvais north of Paris but the 12m pure electric bus on show is one of the first to be fully built in Europe - at BYD's first European assembly facility in Komarom, northern Hungary.

Aside from a new frontal appearance - setting the standard for all future BYD ebuses - the 12m ebus at RNTP has a number of features that will also be common to future BYD models including: No batteries in the passenger saloon, new ergonomic drivers compartment, LED lighting and a new automatic battery compartment sprinkler system.

The BYD ebus range now comprises a completely new midibus (being unveiled at Busworld in Belgium on 20 October), 10.2m, 10.8m and 12m single-deckers, an 18m artic and double-deckers.

The 12m ebus can be supplied with two or three passenger doors and a range of seating options from 27 to 36. The total passenger capacity in all versions is 90 within a gross vehicle weight of 19 tonnes.

"We are undertaking considerable investment in France - €10m at Beauvais alone - and we expect production to start in the first half of 2018", says Isbrand Ho, MD BYD Europe.

“Along with the UK, Benelux and Spain, France is a key market for BYD.”

The Beauvais project calls for around 100 jobs to be created in the initial phase.

The production facility will occupy 32,000 sq m of a site totalling nearly 80,000 sq m, and will assemble up to 200 vehicles a year—single-deck buses and coaches—in its first phase.

Other vehicles may be added as BYD expands its product line. In addition to bus assembly, BYD plans an after-sales unit for maintenance and repairs, as well as a logistics centre for spare parts. In the longer term, a test centre for batteries could be added.

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