Turin has taken delivery of the first zero emission pure electric BYD ebuses which are to go into service in Italy.

The three BYD ebuses are the first of a fleet of 23 which are being delivered after BYD won Italy's first large tender for 12-metre pure electric buses which was awarded in September last year. Twenty of the buses will serve routes in Turin with a further three going to nearby Novaro. 

The long range, full-size ebuses will operate on Piedmont Region's urban transport networks connecting the city centres with suburban areas. BYD will also supply full service support for ten years. 

"We are proud to manage, in Turin, the first 12-metre electric bus fleet in an Italian city", said GTT president and CEO, Walter Ceresa. "This is an important environmental contribution.

For his part, BYD Europe managing director, Isbrand Ho, added: "Italy, together with the UK, France and countries in Benelux and Scandinavia, is now a top market for BYD in Europe thanks to the vision of GTT to make Turin green."

The tender, announced by GTT (Gruppo Torinese Trasporti) in the Autumn of 2015, was the first for the purchase of large electric buses in Italy.

TT, owned by the City of Turin, serves a metropolitan area with 2m citizens and operates a fleet of more than 1,100 buses. The BYD ebuses are the first new buses to be ordered for almost 5 years.