BYD Company Ltd. has received a record-setting order for their new energy vehicles from the City of Hangzhou, which is situated in east China along the Qiantang River. The order for 2,000 long-range, battery-electric transit buses and 1,000 long-range, pure-electric cars was signed this week by the Mayor of Hangzhou, Hongming Zhang, and is one of the world’s largest all-electric fleets yet ordered.
In response to China’s deteriorating air quality and ecological environment, Hangzhou’s Leadership has taken a serious stance on combatting the issues by adopting zero-tailpipe-emissions public transportation—i.e., electric buses and taxis.
Hangzhou is home to Alibaba, another high-tech Chinese company.
Today the electric vehicle market is growing and EV technologies have matured to the point where every city transit should be adopting them. The turning point of new energy is now, and we want to see BYD grow the same way we saw Jack Ma’s Alibaba grow years ago.—Secretary Gong Zheng of Hangzhou’s Municipal Committee
BYD will be making special arrangements to deliver the first 1,000 buses and 500 eTaxis by the end of 2014.