- Largest ever electric bus order in Finland
- Nobina becomes first PTO to order new BYD 50-foot low-floor model
- Scandinavia’s leading PTO racks-up seven million BYD electric kilometres
BYD, the world’s leading electric bus manufacturer, has entered the Finnish market for the first time after securing an order for 106 buses with Nobina, one of Finland’s and Scandinavia’s largest Public Transport Operators (PTOs).
The order, the largest ever for eBuses in Finland, includes 64 units for Nobina services in Helsinki and 42 units for Nobina’s operation in Turku.
The announcement also signals a ‘triple landmark’, with Nobina becoming the first PTO in Europe to order BYD’s latest 50-foot, three-axle low-floor eBus model. A total of 42 of the new vehicles will go into service on Nobina’s operation in Turku, on Finland’s south-west coast, in the summer time 2021.
The new 50-foot model from BYD offers a 47+3 seating capacity and delivers a single-charge range of 400km (approximately 250 miles) under test conditions.
After five years operating the pure-electric BYD brand, Nobina has racked-up over seven million ‘electric kilometres’ (over 4.3 million miles), equal to reducing its CO2 emissions by approximately 7,500-tonnes. The figures make a significant contribution to helping reverse climate change, and highlight BYD’s and Nobina’s commitment to delivering a sustainable transport solution.
With BYD’s already significant presence in the Nordic region continuing to grow, this latest order with Nobina follows recent handovers with other high-profile PTOs in Norway – all delivered on time despite coronavirus restrictions. BYD’s relationship with Nobina is particularly successful, with its pure-electric, 100% emissions-free eBuses in operation in Sweden, Norway and now Finland. BYD now has over 400 eBuses either delivered or on order with PTO fleets in 20 towns and cities throughout Scandinavia.
“We at Nobina Finland are excited to commence BYD eBus operations in the Turku area next year.” says Petri Auno, CEO, Nobina Oy. “A large part of the bus fleet in the Turku region will shift to the benefits of eMobility and towards a more environmentally friendly future. Our route network is extensive, so a large number of passengers stand to benefit from the new vehicles.”
BYD Europe Managing Director, Isbrand Ho, adds, “We’re very pleased that our relationship with Nobina continues to go from strength-to-strength, and we’re especially pleased that Nobina is the first PTO to select our new 15-metre model.
“The Nordic region leads the rest of Europe in the adoption of electrification,” he says, “providing evidence that electric mobility delivers tangible operational benefits for Public Transport Operators, alongside safe, quiet and comfortable local journeys for passengers. With our extensive experience in battery technology and energy management, we will continue to deliver total eMobility solutions for bus operators.”
BYD’s appearance for the first time in Finland follows soon after breaking into the German market with 22 eBuses for two leading PTOs in North Rhine-Westphalia, and also BYD’s first fleet delivery in Hungary at the end of July – ten low-floor 12-metre models to the city of Pécs. Today, BYD eBuses can be found in all corners of continental Europe; from the hot, arid climate of the Iberian Peninsula to the freezing conditions of northern Sweden – including Nobina’s operations in the town of Piteå near the arctic circle at latitude 65.31º north, where, from 2021, BYD eBuses will be in service at their most northerly location ever in Europe.
Nobina is the Nordic region’s largest and most experienced public transport company. The company’s expertise in prospecting, tendering and active management of public bus transport contracts in combination with long-term delivery quality makes Nobina the industry leader in terms of profitability, development and initiatives that promote a healthier industry. Every day, Nobina ensures that close to one million people arrive at work, school or other activities by delivering contracted public bus transport services in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark. In addition, Nobina offers special public transport services under the Samtrans brand in the Swedish market. The company has sales exceeding SEK 10 billion (2018/19), 11,000 employees and is headquartered in Solna, Stockholm. For more information, see Nobina’s website: www.nobina.com.
BYD Company Ltd. is one of China’s largest privately-owned enterprises. Since its inception in 1995, the company quickly developed solid expertise in rechargeable batteries and became a relentless advocate of sustainable development, successfully expanding its renewable energy solutions globally with operations in over 50 countries and regions. Its creation of a Zero Emissions Energy Ecosystem – comprising affordable solar power generation, reliable energy storage and cutting-edge electrified transportation – has made it an industry leader in the energy and transportation sectors. BYD is listed on the Hong Kong and Shenzhen Stock Exchanges. More information on the company can be found at http://www.byd.com.