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BYD Strengthens Its APAC Footprint with Largest Pure Electric Bus Fleet in Japan

12/01/2017

A fleet of 10 pure electric buses manufactured by Chinese new energy technology company BYD started operating on the Japanese island of Okinawa, marking the beginning of the island’s electrified public transportation initiative. 10 BYD K9 buses now run a shuttle service to and from the Okinawa Naha Port. BYD is the only Chinese automaker to enter the Japanese market, and only with pure electric vehicles.

     

                                                                                              Delivery Ceremony

This is not the first time BYD has delivered its e-buses to Japan. In 2015, five BYD K9 buses started running in the city of Kyoto. This time, Japan placed the additional order to operate the K9 fleet in the historic city of Okinawa, which hosts millions of visitors each year.

       

                                      Line up of BYD K9 electric buses ready for service at Okinawa Naha Port

A Japanese local government official spoke highly of BYD: "After the outstanding performance of the BYD K9 fleet operation in Kyoto, we were compelled to bring this model to Okinawa. This is the first time that a zero-emission, pure electric mode of public transportation is implemented in Okinawa, and I hope this will be a widespread model throughout Japan.”

       

                                                  Japanese local traditional blessing ceremony to BYD electric bus

Guo Yan, an envoy from the Chinese embassy in Japan said: "It’s so rewarding to see the BYD bus delivery representing Chinese companies’ strength of independent innovation, making the most of this new momentum of technological revolution to seize strategic opportunities, while tackling energy and environmental issues to improve the everyday lives of Okinawans and Japanese people at large."

"We hope to bring more environmentally friendly travel experiences to Japanese citizens and visitors alike, and promote the development of sustainable public transportation in Japan. We are confident that BYD's experience in commercial operations in hundreds of cities around the world will ensure the success of this undertaking," said Liu Xueliang, General Manager of BYD's Asia-Pacific Auto Sales Division.

At present, BYD’s electric vehicles have a footprint in more than 200 cities across 50 countries and regions.

 

 

 

 

About BYD

BYD Company Ltd. is a leading high-tech multinational company based in Shenzhen, China. Since its establishment in 1995, BYD has developed solid expertise in rechargeable batteries, becoming a relentless advocate of sustainable development. It has successfully expanded its renewable energy solutions globally with operations in over 50 countries and regions. After 22 years’ development, BYD has created a Zero Emissions Energy Ecosystem – affordable solar power generation, reliable energy storage, cutting-edge electrified transportation and a state of the art monorail. These Four Green Dreams make BYD an industry leader in the energy and transportation sector. BYD is listed on the Hong Kong and Shenzhen Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit www.byd.com


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