BYD announced the successful expansion of its pure electric buses to Brisbane Airport, eight months after making its commercial debut at the country’s busiest airport in Sydney.
The fleet of 11, 40-foot electric buses will be fully operational in February 2018 as a shuttle service between the airport’s domestic and international terminals. The vehicles will be run by Carbridge, an Australian-based leader in aviation passenger ground transportation, who operates BYD electric buses, the Electric Blu, in the Sydney Airport.
The BYD bus has a passenger capacity of 70 and features purpose-designed luggage storage racks and three full-size double doors making boarding and alighting more efficient. In addition, the buses have GPS next-stop announcements, driver monitoring, and real-time tracking data, meaning issues can be immediately identified and responded to in real-time.
Replacing the current fleet of electric buses will result in a reduction of 250 tons of carbon emissions each year, equivalent to taking 100 cars off the road, according to BYD.