China’s largest electrified vehicle maker, BYD Co., secured major orders for battery-electric buses from public transport operators in the Netherlands and Colombia.
BYD last week signed a contract with Keolis Nederland, a Dutch public transport provider, to supply 259 electric buses. Deliveries will begin in summer 2020.
Under the contract, BYD will supply 8.7-, 12- and 13-meter electric buses, which will start servicing routes in the Netherlands’ IJssel-Vecht region at the end of 2020.
The largest order it has ever secured from a European customer will boost its total electric bus deliveries in Europe to more than 1,200, BYD said.
The order from Keolis Nederland is the second-largest BYD has obtained this year for electric buses outside China.
In November, it was awarded a contract by the local mass transport authority to provide a fleet of 379 electric buses in the Colombian capital of Bogota, BYD said. The fleet will begin operation in September 2020.
While securing large orders overseas, BYD continues to suffer sharp domestic sales declines after the Chinese government slashed subsidies for battery EVs and plug-in hybrids in late June.
In November, its sales of EVs and plug-in hybrids tumbled 63 percent to 11,220, according to BYD’s filings on the stock exchanges in Hong Kong and Shenzhen.
Behind robust sales spurred by subsides in the first half, BYD’s cumulative deliveries of EVs and plug-in hybrids in the first 11 months rose 7.6 percent to 216,407.
The company’s total sales, including gasoline-powered light vehicles such as sedans, crossovers and multi-purpose vehicles, dropped 7.3 percent to 418,200 through November.