BYD has expanded its supply of pure electric buses to Brisbane Airport, eight months after making a commercial debut at the country’s busiest hub in Sydney.

The fleet of eleven 12-metre BYD electric buses will be operational in February next year as a shuttle service between the airport’s domestic and international terminals.

The vehicles will be run by Carbridge, an Australia-based aviation passenger ground transportor, which operates BYD electric buses, Electric Blu, in Sydney Airport. 

“This signifies a milestone for us in Australia and we are heartened to have more people in Australia support the electric public transport we provide,” said BYD Asia Pacific Auto Sales Division general manager, Liu Xueliang.

The 12-metre BYD electric bus has a carrying capacity of 70 passengers and features three full-size double doors making boarding and alighting more efficient.

In addition the buses have GPS next stop announcements, driver monitoring and real-time tracking data, meaning issues can be identified and responded to in real time. 

Replacing the current fleet for electric buses will result in a claimed reduction of 250 tons of carbon emissions each year, equivalent to taking 100 cars off the road.

Around 22.5m passengers travelled through Brisbane Airport in 2016, making it the third busiest in Australia by passenger traffic.