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New electric bus factory opens in Central Europe


The Chinese automobile manufacturer BYD opened its first owned European bus factory in April in the city of Komárom in Hungary. The plant, that will eventually employ 300 people, will produce 400 vehicles annually with a focus on electric buses. By the end of this year, 40 vehicles are expected to be delivered. Through the opening of this facility the company hopes to answer the strong need of cities to implement greener forms of mobility.


Isbrand Ho, Managing Director of BYD Europe, said,

“[…] air quality - or, perhaps I should say, bad air quality, something which impacts the citizens of every major city worldwide. Not a week goes past without another report linking the serious detrimental health consequences of breathing polluted air and most of that pollution comes from road vehicles, largely diesel powered. City buses are not only a prime contributor to this but also, since they have totally predictable route patterns, are one of the easiest classes of vehicles to be electrified.”

The plant in Hungary seems the first of a series of European facilities BYD intends to open. The manufacturer has already announced plans for a second facility in France for the production of single-deck buses and coaches. The operations at the French factory are scheduled to begin in the first half of 2018.


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