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Chinese President views BYD world leading electric double decker


Chinese President Xi Jinping took time out from his historic State Visit to London today to view BYD’s pure electric double decker bus, making its world premiere appearance.

Escorted by BYD's Founding Chairman Wang Chuanfu, President Xi boarded the bus, 100% designed and built by BYD, in the presence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and saw the bus Londoners will be riding on soon.

BYD's Chairman Wang Chuanfu (left side) introduces the double decker bus to Chinese President Xi Jinping (right side)

The new bus emits no emissions and was developed after the Mayor of London challenged Mr Wang and BYD to develop the vehicle which some experts said was not technically feasible. Two years later BYD has delivered on the challenge!

President Xi Jinping views the BYD double decker bus

Also present at today's ceremony at London’s Lancaster House was Colin Robertson, CEO of Alexander Dennis Ltd (ADL). BYD and ADL announced a major strengthening of their electric bus building partnership which has the potential to generate £2 billion of sales for the two companies in the next 10 years.

Isbrand Ho, Managing Director, BYD Europe said today: “This event today really underlines that the era of electric buses has truly arrived. At BYD we have proven battery electric technology, as demonstrated in our new double decker. In ADL we have an outstanding and experienced bus building partner. Together we can supply bus operators with the products they need”.

BYD’s pure electric double decker bus for London

The new bus can carry 81 passengers and is fully air conditioned. It will be able to complete up to 190 miles in city traffic conditions on a single charge, allowing recharging (which takes just four hours) using cheap off peak electricity.

London’s 9,000 strong bus fleet carries 6.5 million passengers a day, more demanding than Paris and New York combined. Two pure electric BYD single deckers have been in successful trial service with Go-Ahead on two TfL routes for almost two years and recently BYD secured an order for a further 51 single decker electric buses for operation by Go-Ahead.

Significantly, the order marks the first stage of a partnership between BYD and Alexander Dennis Ltd (ADL) – with BYD providing its battery and electric chassis technology and ADL its strong experience in bus bodybuilding – with final assembly of the complete buses being carried out at its plant in Falkirk, Scotland. The partnership was signed during today's event bringing the two companies closer together.

BYD's Chairman Wang Chuanfu (left side) and Colin Robertson, Chief Executive of ADL (right side)

About BYD

BYD Company Ltd. is one of China’s largest companies and has 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

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