(Yicai Global) March 29 -- Chinese vehicle maker BYD Co. has bagged a contract to provide eight 12-meter all-electric buses in Coimbra, Portugal, representing the company's first sale in the country.
The Shenzhen-based firm's contract builds on previous sales in southern Europe in Italian and Spanish markets, China News Service reported.
BYD will deliver the first buses in 2019, which will run on multiple routes in downtown Coimbra, Portugal's ancient capital.
"The city of Coimbra is vigorously promoting green public transport. I am proud to announce that BYD's pure electric bus motorcade is SMTUC's first full-scale 12m bus motorcade over the last hundred years," said Coimbra Mayor Mazzado.
"We are very glad to enter this important market of Portugal. BYD's electric buses can be used in all major cities in Europe, as far north as chilly Scandinavia and as far south as Italy, Spain and Portugal," said BYD Europe Co. General Manager He Yipeng.
As a pioneer of new energy transportation solutions, BYD took the lead with its development of electric buses as early as 2010. The firm has delivered a total of more than 35,000 pure electric buses to its global partners to date, serving over six continents and over 200 cities around the world.