Brussels airport signs contract with BYD

Written by: Alwyn Brice |
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BYD has secured an order for 30 of its 12 metre electric buses from Brussels Airport Company, the operator of Zaventem airport.

Last week saw the start of the service of the first ebuses. The manufacturer has entered into a ten year service support contract to ensure the ebuses deliver reliable and consistent service in their role of transferring arriving and departing passengers between aircraft and the terminal buildings.

The 30 pure electric buses have three doors and benefit from a state-of-the-art design, offering free wi-fi on board, USB ports for charging and digital displays with the latest flight information.

BYD supplied 30 of its own charging units to enable the ebuses to be charged overnight in the terminal. They are similar to the special charging depot in Amsterdam Schiphol airport, where BYD has had a fleet of 35 of its ebuses running since June 2015. At the time, the BYD 12 metre buses were the first pure electric buses to provide transportation airside at a major world airport.

Elsewhere in the world, BYD has ebuses running in airports in Sydney, Kansas and Los Angeles, as well as at Shenzhen.

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