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Sydney International Airport Tests the World’s Most Popular Electric Bus

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Sydney International Airport Tests the World’s Most Popular Electric Bus

November 26, 2014

BYD Electric Bus
Sydney, Australia -- Carbridge Pty. Ltd., Australia’s leading airport ground transportation provider has begun a six-month Electric Bus pilot program at Sydney International Airport. The bus they have selected for the pilot program is made by Global Green Tech giant, BYD Company Ltd, which has been in the news repetitively over the past few months for its industry leading operational range. The bus will be used as an apron passenger shuttle.

At a launch ceremony held at Sydney International Airport, BYD Asia Pacific General Manager Liu Xueliang said, "Compared with diesel buses, BYD’s pure electric bus has zero emissions, doesn’t make noise and ensures a comfortable ride without vibrations or disturbances associated with conventional buses with combustion/diesel engines. “These characteristics will provide a great experience for the passengers."

BYD’s Battery Electric bus employs many advanced technologies developed in-house by BYD’s expansive staff of more than 15,000 R&D engineers, such as the advanced environmentally friendly, Iron-Phosphate (or “Fe”) batteries, in-wheel hub motors and regenerative braking system. The break-through Iron-Phosphate battery is fire-safe and non-toxic: there are no caustic materials contained in the battery, no toxic electrolytes or heavy metals and can be completely recycled. The BYD electric bus delivers a host of operational and environmental benefits for public transport riders, operators and people in the community – it is very quiet and ensures a comfortable ride without vibrations, jerks or noise associated with conventional buses and combustion engines. The bus can also drive for more than 250 km (155 miles) even in heavy city traffic on a single charge. The bus has completed more than 20 million kilometers of “in revenue service” and has been evaluated in many major cities all over the world.

About Carbridge:

Carbridge is Australia's largest Aviation bus company with operations at Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth and Melbourne Airports. Carbridge currently employs over 250 staff and operates a fleet of over 70 airport specific vehicles both airside and landside. Carbridge transfers over 24 million passengers each year and services over 153,000 flights transporting passengers from “aircraft stands” to and from terminal buildings. For more information, please visit: www.carbridge.com.au .

About BYD

BYD Company Ltd. is one of China’s largest companies and has successfully expanded globally. Specializing in battery technologies, their green mission to “solve the whole problem” has made them industry pioneers and leaders in several High-tech sectors including High-efficiency Automobiles, Electrified Public Transportation, Environmentally-Friendly Energy Storage, Affordable Solar Power and Information Technology and Original Design Manufacturing (ODM) services.

As the world’s largest manufacturer of rechargeable batteries, their mission to create safer and more environmentally friendly battery technologies has led to the development of the BYD Iron Phosphate (or "Fe") Battery. This fire-safe, completely recyclable and incredibly long-cycle technology has become the core of their clean energy platform that has expanded into automobiles, buses, trucks, utility vehicles and energy storage facilities. BYD and all of their shareholders, including the great American Investor Warren Buffett, see these environmentally and economically forward products as the way of the future.

BYD has made a strong entrance to the North, Central and South American markets with their battery electric buses, and lineup of automobiles. Their mission lies not just in sales growth, but also in sociological integration and local job creation as they have poured incredible investments into developing offices, dealerships and manufacturing facilities in the local communities they now call home, truly a first for Chinese companies. For more information, please visit www.byd.com

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