BYD and UNVI sign Memorandum of Understanding on electric buses

A new era of emission-free tourist transport is promised by a new partnership between electric bus manufacturer BYD and UNVI, Spanish specialist in open-top double-deck buses. Since such vehicles operate in densely populated historic cities across Europe, they present a particular challenge in terms of local air quality issues.

A Memorandum of Understanding signed between UNVI and BYD will offer the operators of such vehicles a new emission-free solution with BYD supplying batteries and related systems and the chassis and UNVI building its open-top bodywork.

The MOU was signed by Isbrand Ho, managing director of BYD Europe, and Eloy Perez Martinez, CEO of UNVI.

“It has long been our intention to offer our unique battery electric technology in these hugely popular open top tourist buses,” says Ho. “With the recognition of the pressure of air quality issues on our city environments, and the consequent moves to ban or restrict diesel-powered vehicles, transition to pure electric vehicles is a fast-developing necessity. So we are delighted to forge this new partnership with UNVI, the true world leader in the open-top double-deck market”.

Perez Martinez adds: “BYD is without question the foremost expert in electric bus technology and supply and our new joint venture will result in an outstanding offer to our clients across Europe. We look forward to converting our existing clients to this new and exciting zero pollution technology and winning new ones too”.