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Two BYD ebuses enter trial service in Copenhagen

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Two BYD ebuses enter trial service in Copenhagen

November 11, 2013

The Danish capital Copenhagen is to become the latest major European city to begin trials of the emission free pure electric BYD ebus full size single decker. One ebus will enter a two-year trial service with each of the two major bus operators in the city – City Traffic and Arriva.

Speaking at preview of the buses today, the CEO of Traffic Movia Dr Nohr Pedersen said: “Movia has up to 1,400 buses used by more than 200 million passengers. Diesel buses have undergone rapid development in recent years but the potential of fully electric buses is huge since there is no pollution and they are very quiet. We are really very pleased with the support we have received for this trial and now we need to find out the economy of these buses over a long time having regard to purchase costs, maintenance and operating experience”.

Dong Energy is making a special tariff available which encourages the operators to charge their buses outside periods when the electricity grid is most strained. The two buses will be tested on a variety of routes and under different traffic conditions.

The BYD ebuses, one of which was recently displayed by BYD at the recent Busworld exhibition in Belgium, are specially adapted to meet the challenging winter climatic conditions sometimes encountered in Copenhagen, with the fitment of extra insulation, double glazing windows and an independently powered auxiliary heating system.

Isbrand Ho, BYD Europe’s Managing Director, said: “We are delighted to begin these important and long term trials in Copenhagen. We believe they will be the first involving full size, pure electric buses in a Nordic environment. They are the latest step in a Europe-wide programme which is demonstrating the emission free advantages of our ebus”.

About BYD

"BYD is a publicly-traded company with no Chinese government ownership. In fact, U.S. investors own over 60% of the public stock, with Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway owning 9.9% of that amount. Mr. Buffett and his colleagues recognize BYD's breakthrough battery and EV technologies: an electrified, 24-hour, and long-range battery that provides emission-free, silent, and economic public and private transportation.

As the world's largest manufacturer of rechargeable batteries, BYD's mission is to create safer and more environmentally-friendly battery technologies, and this has produced the BYD Iron Phosphate Battery. This fire-safe, completely recyclable, and incredibly long-cycle technology has become the foundation of BYD's clean energy platforms. For more information, please visit www.byd.com and www.facebook.com/bydcompany.

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