BYD has delivered 15 pure electric 12-metre eBuses to Spain’s southwest city of Badajoz – one of the largest eBus orders for the manufacturer in the country.

Public transport operator, TUBASA (Transportes Urbanos de Badajoz, SA), part of Grupo Ruiz and one of Spain’s principal road passenger transport groups, has already put the vehicles into service.

The zero emission BYD eBuses are delivered as fleet replacements for TUBASA and are returning savings compared to the company’s previous diesel-powered buses.

The BYD fleet delivery means Badajoz becomes the largest user of electric buses in Spain, with TUBASA operating the highest percentage of electric buses within any public transport fleet in Europe. The Mayor has pledged the move to a 100% all-electric bus fleet will continue in Badajoz.

Powered by BYD Iron-Phosphate batteries, the new BYD eBuses boast a 250km range between charges under SORT 2 conditions. Based at El Nevero industrial estate, TUBASA has installed 15 recharging points and 100% recharge is achieved in four hours.

“TUBASA has established a clear commitment to emission-free operation in Badajoz,” said BYD Europe VP sales Javier Contijoch. “We have demonstrated pure electric operation will deliver cost savings for TUBASA.

BYD also confirmed an order for eight 12-metre eBuses for Badalona in Barcelona province, with further orders for bus operators in Madrid and Valencia. The Portuguese city of Coimbra is also gearing-up to receive a delivery of eight BYD eBuses.

“Our potential in the Iberian market is rapidly growing with consecutive orders from Spain and Portugal,” said BYD Europe MD, Isbrand Ho.

“Up till now we have confirmed 32 eBuses that will be running in both countries by summer 2019.”