BYD pure electric fleet goes to Europe
BYD rolled out recently three zero-emission commercial vehicles for fleet customers in Europe.
Two BYD pure electric on-highway trucks and one BYD pure electric van made their debut appearance at a premiere presentation in the Estadio Nueva Condomina stadium in the city of Murcia, Southeast Spain.
The BYD e-truck range and vans have been proven in China and other global markets, but have not previously been offered to customers in Europe until this year.
The event in Murcia was hosted by both BYD and dealership Tomi Maquinaria, a key electric forklift truck dealer for BYD in the Spanish regions including Murcia and Almeria.
Guests included representatives from local and regional Spanish government, logistic companies, and dealerships.
The first trucks available to European customers are the T6 (7.5T GVW) light truck and the Q1M yard tractor (46T GCWR), the latter specifically designed for airport, port and distribution centers.
Also launched was the fully electric BYD T3 commercial vehicle, which is the first BYD van that was brought to Europe.
These first units are the pioneers for a full range of 100 percent electric light and heavy commercial vehicles, which BYD plans to roll out across Europe in the coming years.
Patricio Valverde, Counselor of Development and Infrastructure of the Murcia region said, “We thank Grupo Tomi for their efforts regarding sustainability and innovation as a tool to reduce the environmental impact, but also to reduce costs and mostly the importance of logistics to achieve those objectives.”
“This is a highly significant step for BYD—the introduction of a whole range of proven and competitive zero emission vehicles spanning key sectors of the commercial vehicle sector. Our previous pure electric products have cemented their position in their respective categories—taxis, city buses (we are now the market leader in Europe, and have recently produced our 50,000th e-bus worldwide) and forklifts (this year, we expect to have completed deliveries of 3,000 units to European customers). We are confident that this fourth product range—etrucks—will also win sales success even though the European CV sector is intensely competitive,” said Isbrand Ho, managing director of BYD Europe.
“Today, we are the pioneers in Spain bringing the cleanest technology in the market to our roads. Now, it is everyone’s duty to take advantage of it and make achievements together, and become an example for the rest of Europe,” said Antonio Martinez, general director of Tomi Group.