BYD has delivered 20 pure electric buses to South Korea’s Jeju Island, marking the launch of the largest midsize e-bus fleet in the country, according to sznews.com.
The 20 e-buses will be used as tourist buses on Udo, the largest island of Jeju Island.
According to the report, Jeju Island has set a goal of realizing zero emissions from vehicles by 2030. Many residents on Udo Island are in support of electrifying the vehicles there to promote sustainable development.
Invited by BYD, a delegation of 60 residents from Udo — approximately 5 percent of the local population — visited BYD’s Shenzhen headquarters to inspect the eBus-7 before the order was placed.
Liu Xueliang, general manager of BYD’s Asia Pacific auto sales division, said eBus-7 is one of BYD’s newest electric buses and this is the bus’s first launch in Asia.
“It’s our honor to bring our best technology to Udo. The local residents are dedicated to protecting the island’s environment and making sure that their children can still see the blue sky and white clouds in the future,” he said.
Kim, spokesperson of the bus fleet’s operator on Udo, said they chose BYD because the company’s electric vehicles have been selling well in Western countries and it makes good-quality e-buses.
With strong grade ability, BYD’s eBus-7 can navigate the narrow roads of this small island easily without producing any carbon emissions.
The vehicle can travel a minimum range of 200 kilometers on a single charge, and requires only two hours to be fully charged.