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Electric Bus Maker BYD Wins Contract in Israel

| August 9, 2017
Line up of the BYD 12m ebuses in Haifa, Israel

Line up of the BYD 12m ebuses in Haifa, Israel

BYD has secured its first major pure electric bus order in Israel.  Here’s the scoop: A fleet of 17 single deck 12m buses will service the northern port city of Haifa, Israel’s third largest city. The buses will be operated by Egged, with almost 3.000 buses Israel’s largest bus operator.

The buses were purchased after BYD won a competitive tender process. The success follows trials of a BYD single decker which has been operating in Tel Aviv, Israel’s second largest city, since 2013. In Haifa, the new fleet is expected to cover 200km per bus per day.

Looking ahead, Egged is expected to order additional pure electric buses from BYD in the next 18 months to raise the proportion of ebuses in the Haifa fleet to 10%.

Ze’ev Elkin, Israel’s Minister of Environmental Protection, said: “It’s the beginning of a revolution in the Haifa area which aims to reduce pollution coming from public transportation through the planned investment of 400 million Shekels (€93.6 million)”.

Yisrael Katz, Minister of Transport, said: “These buses are just the beginning. We aim to introduce green transportation in the Haifa area and around the country”.

Category: Featured, Green, News

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