BYD has launched what it claims is the world’s largest full electric double-deck bus fleet in northwest China’s Xi’an with a fleet of 200 K8S double-decks.
The electric fleet will be put into operation on six lines in the city around the Chinese Spring Festival, and 100 started running on Lines 284, 608 and 609 on 30 January, with the remaining 100 buses to operate Lines 19, 25 and 603 after the festival.
The low-floor buses have two doors and the lower deck is more than 1.9m high, providing space for standees, while the upper deck is over 1.7m high. The buses are fitted with a wheelchair area and ramps.
Xi’an is developing green and low-carbon mobility and accelerating the electrification of public transport. After launching 1,100 BYD pure electric buses in late 2016, Xi’an put another 1,900 into use in 2018. More than 3,000 BYD pure electric buses are now operating in the city, giving it the biggest pure electric bus fleet in northwest China.
K8S double-deck buses have also gone into operation in the cities of Shenzhen, Guilin, Huai’an, Jingdezhen and Pingtan.