BYD has delivered five of its first new generation 12-metre pure-electric eBuses to Deutsche Bahn in Germany.

Deutsche Bahn (DB) is Germany’s largest public transport operator and has a framework agreement in place with BYD for the rollout of eBus orders in 2021 and beyond.

The official handover to DB took place in Ettlingen in the district of Karlsruhe in Germany.

The delivery is part of DB’s evolving electric bus fleet which will operate on both urban and national routes.

Each of the five pure-electric buses is powered by BYD Iron-Phosphate Battery technology with increased energy density that provides longer driving range for continuous hours of non-stop operation, as well as extended battery life.

In Standardised on Road Test (SORT) conditions, the new generation 422 KWh battery delivers driving range in excess of 400km on a single charge. Driving range capability was demonstrated by the recent 500km journey from The Netherlands to Germany.

The ‘6 in 1’ controller is also a feature inherent to BYD eBuses. BYD maintains it is the only electric bus manufacturer to develop a control system which integrates the battery, motor, motor controller and all the vehicle’s principle electronic components in one complete electric vehicle ecosystem.

“These are the first BYD vehicles in our fleet and hopefully there will be more,” said DB Regio Bus head of Operative Fleet Management, Michael Lechelt.

“Recently, we have seen an increase in demand from the PTAS for vehicles with alternative drive and especially for buses with electric drive. Therefore, we assume we will see more vehicles in our fleet during the next weeks and months.

“The vehicles have an impressive long range. Even with extreme temperatures during the winter and fully loaded, the vehicles will manage their routes.

“Drivers who have tested the buses have been very satisfied with regards to the riding experience, driving dynamics and driving characteristics.”