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Europe's first pure electric coach announced

Wed 23 March 2016 | Back to news list

The world's first electric coach has been reveled by BYD in Paris following the agreements made at COP21. 

The vehicle, named simply C9, was first unveiled at the United Motorcoach Association Expo in New Orleans in 2015, though at the time BYD said there were no plans to bring the vehicle to Europe. However, following the agreements made at Cop21 and the continued commitment of the Parisian Mayor to the electrifcaiton of miles, BYD believe there is a market in France and later Europe for their pure electric coach.

BYD's Chiarman Wang Chuafu said at on event in Paris "Just a few months ago my colleagues and I were here to participate in the COP21 UN climate change negotiations and we were impressed by the determination of the authorities not only in Paris but across France to do more to improve the quality of the air their citizens breathe.

"We heard an impassioned plea by the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, to assist in greening one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Not only does she, as representative of the municipality, together with STIF, plan to ensure that all of the 4,500 city buses are zero or low emission by 2025 but they specifically referred to diesel-engined coaches as being a major source of pollution."

The C9 runs on a 180kW motor with a battery range of 200km only takes 2.5 hours to recharge and will be targetting shuttle services, city sight seeing and airport services.



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