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First Zero-Emission, Pure-Electric Bus Launches in India

The first long-range, all-electric bus in India arrived from BYD Company Ltd. in Feb. 2014. The bus achieves up to 24 hours of service on a single night-time charge -- longer than any other electric bus in the market today. (image: BusinessWire)

The first long-range, all-electric bus in India arrived from BYD Company Ltd. in Feb. 2014. The bus achieves up to 24 hours of service on a single night-time charge — longer than any other electric bus in the market today. (image: BusinessWire)

BANGALORE, India, Feb 28, 2014 (Korea Bizwire) – The Karnataka  State Minister of Transportation – Ramalinga Reddy,  representatives from Bangalore  Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC), and BYD  Company Ltd. all gathered for the launch of a brand new program  soon to change the skies of Bangalore, forever. Often referred to as the  “Silicon Valley” of India, Bangalore is also known for its challenging  air quality problems. This is a huge step for the Nation of India and  will hopefully develop into a public transportation initiative across  India benefiting their 1.2 billion citizens.

“Operating electric buses not only to initialize and support new  technologies, shows our respect to the city and urban residents with our  social and environmental responsibility,” stated the Transportation  Minister in ceremonies last Friday.

Mr. Vishwas, Vice President of BYD India’s distribution partner, Utopia,  said, “We are very bullish on the prospect of new energy vehicles in  India. We look forward to working with BYD to promote the popularization  of new energy vehicles.” Mr. Liu Xueliang, GM of BYD’s Asia-Pacific  Group, said, “BYD is offering zero-emission, electrified public  transportation solutions to the whole world. We are very excited to work  with partners like BMTC and Utopia to put India’s first electric bus  into operation. It will not only contribute to the new energy vehicle  development and application in Karnataka state but the whole of India.”  Although the electric bus comes with a higher initial price tag,  officials expressed confidence that the total cost of ownership for the  vehicle would make initial investments well worth the price.

The list of  vehicle benefits is long; including the fact that it is quiet, does not  pollute, and has low operational and maintenance costs. The bus has been  operating successfully in various European countries besides China,  officials said. The bus fare will be equivalent to that of other buses,  currently operating in the same urban areas. There are Bangalore, while  the bus fleet emits up to 20% of the city’s total exhaust. Given the  difference of the electric price and diesel price, the BYD electric bus  is not only zero emission but also has high economic value. Traditional  diesel buses consume 0.55 L of diesel per kilometer in India, but by  comparison, BYD’s  40 foot all-electric bus only consumes about 1 Kwh electric per  kilometer (with no HVAC). The results are that millions in cost savings  can be realized in Bangalore. Last year, the Indian government reviewed  the “national electric vehicle plan (2020)” and announced that India  planned to put in place as many as 6-7 million new energy vehicles by  2020. The national heavy industry ministry is responsible for  implementing the plan.

BYD’s  pure-electric bus employs many advanced technologies developed  in-house by BYD’s staff of more than 15,000 engineers. The advanced  environmentally friendly, Iron-Phosphate  (or “Fe”) batteries, in-wheel hub motors and regenerative braking.  The break-through BYD Iron-Phosphate battery is fire-safe and non-toxic:  there are no caustic materials contained in the battery, no toxic  electrolytes or heavy metals and can be completely recycled. The BYD  electric bus delivers a host of operational and environmental benefits  for public transport riders, operators and people in the community – it  is very quiet and ensures a comfortable ride without vibrations, jerks  or noise associated with the conventional buses and combustion engines.  The bus can also drive for more than 250 km (155 miles) even in heavy  city traffic on a single charge. The bus has completed more than 20  million kilometers of “in revenue service” and has been evaluated in  many major cities all over the world.

About BMTC

The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation is the sole public bus  transport provider for Bangalore, serving urban, sub-urban and rural  areas. BMTC is committed to provide quality, safe, reliable, clean and  affordable travel. The testimony of its success lies in increasing  passenger trips everyday by a wide range of customer base. In an effort  to modernize its services for commuter comfort, BMTC strives to  strengthen information systems and improve processes through  introduction of intelligent technology solution, make capacity  enhancement through infrastructure development, user-friendly  interchange facilities, fleet upgradation and augmentation, apart from  its core activities, which includes fare structuring, route network  optimization, planning and monitoring. BMTC reaches far and wide, in  every nook and corner of the city, making public transport an attractive  travel choice for everyone. BMTC’s stronghold in the area of public  transport in Bangalore is a testimony to its adoption of sound  Management, HR, Quality and Environmental policies and strong support  from the Government of Karnataka and esteemed passengers.

About BYD

BYD Company Ltd. is one of China’s largest companies to  have successfully expanded globally. Specializing in battery  technologies, their green mission to “solve the whole problem” has made  them industry pioneers and leaders in several High-tech sectors  including High-efficiency Automobiles, Electrified Public  Transportation, Environmentally Friendly Energy  Storage, Affordable Solar  Power and Information Technology and Original Design Manufacturing  (ODM) services.

As the world’s largest manufacturer of rechargeable batteries, their  mission to create safer and more environmentally friendly battery  technologies has led to the development of the BYD Iron  Phosphate (or “Fe”) Battery. This fire-safe, completely  recyclable and incredibly long-cycle technology has become the core of  their clean energy platform that has expanded into automobiles, buses,  trucks, utility vehicles and energy storage facilities. BYD and all of  their shareholders, including the great American Investor Warren  Buffett, see these environmentally and economically forward products as  the way of the future.

BYD has made a strong entrance to the North, Central and South American  markets with their battery electric  buses, and lineup of automobiles. Their mission lies not just in  sales growth, but also in sociological integration and local job  creation as they have poured incredible investments into developing  offices, dealerships and manufacturing facilities in the local  communities they now call home, truly a first for Chinese companies. For  more information, please visit  or

Source: BMTC & BYD (via Business Wire)


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