BYD, the world’s leading eBus manufacturer, has secured another high-volume order for its zero-emission electric buses from Nobina in Finland. Nobina, the largest public transport operator in the Nordic region, has ordered a further 70 latest generation BYD eBuses in a strategic move to expand its fast evolving ‘green fleet’.
This latest order from Nobina Finland spans two of BYD’s best-selling eBus models, comprising 42 units of the 13-metre eBus and 28 units of BYD’s 15-metre model. They are scheduled for delivery next summer, 2022 and will primarily operate on city routes in the Helsinki Metropolitan area.
The eBuses benefit from the latest generation BYD Iron-Phosphate Battery technology for optimised battery life and a longer driving range. The 13-metre BYD eBus delivers a single charge range of 400 kilometres, while its larger 15-metre counterpart enjoys over 450 kilometres under SORT test conditions.
This is Nobina Finland’s second major order for BYD pure-electric buses, having taken delivery of 119 units in the summer of 2021, which also represented Finland’s largest electric bus order. Combined, these buses have quietly and cleanly driven more than one million kilometres in Finland, saving 1400 tonnes of CO2 emissions. BYD is pleased and proud to support Nobina Finland on its green journey.
Nobina is a high-profile name in sustainable public transport throughout Scandinavia and like BYD, places great emphasis on reducing pollution and protecting the environment. The successful commercial relationship between Nobina and BYD, which initially started in Scandinavia in 2015, continues to flourish as a result of the close synergy between the two brands and their core values in driving a greener world. Nobina currently has over 300 BYD eBuses operating in towns and cities across Sweden, Norway and Finland.
BYD eBuses are living up to their reputation for reliability in some testing climatic conditions as demonstrated by those operating for Nobina in the town of Piteå in North East Sweden. Close to the Artic Circle, Piteå with a latitude of 65.31° north, is the most northerly location in Europe. Thirteen 12-metre BYD eBuses are in operation in this area following their delivery in May 2021.
Petri Auno, CEO, Nobina Finland, said: “Nobina is totally committed to sustainable transportation and this latest order for additional BYD eBuses is a testament to our strategy to replenish our fleet with clean, zero-emissions solutions that are kind to the environment. We continue to select BYD eBuses based on their excellent track record for reliability, operational efficiency, performance, safety and of course, for the comfort they provide to our passengers. BYD eBuses now account for 25% of our Nobina Finland fleet and we look forward to enhancing this in the future.”
Isbrand Ho, Managing Director, BYD Europe B.V., said: “We are delighted to have been awarded another prestigious order from Nobina Finland. Scandinavia is fast embracing eMobility, as demonstrated by the many hundreds of BYD eBuses already in operation across the Nordics. As an established and valued customer, with whom BYD shares so many environmental and ethical values, we are very pleased to support Nobina’s sustainable goals as it continues on its green, electric journey.”
Around 600 BYD eBuses have either been delivered, or are on order, from public transport operators and authorities across 20 cities in the Nordics. These pure-electric, eco-friendly eBuses have clocked up more than 30 million zero-emission kilometres, reducing CO2 emissions by a considerable 32,000 tonnes.