The city of Schiermonnikoog in the province of Friesland, Netherlands is acquiring six new, long-range, all-electric BYD buses to launch in early 2013. In a European legal tender and open bid supported by four major bus manufacturers, BYD came out on top.
BYD scored the highest in meeting program goals and won not only an order for the six electric buses, but also a 15-year maintenance contract.
The BYD buses are 12 meters long (40 feet) and can accommodate 60-70 passengers. The electric buses are powered with a 324 kWh lithium iron phosphate battery pack (540V, 600 Ah); charging the pack takes 3 hours with a three-phase, 480V 100 kW charger. Urban range is approximately 250 km (155 miles).