Belgium: De Lijn Orders 92 Electric Buses from BYD Europe

De Lijn, the public transport operator in Flanders, Belgium, has ordered 92 12-metre electric buses from BYD Europe.

This purchase advances the authority’s target of operating a zero-emission public transport network by 2025. To do so, De Lijn is replacing its entire bus fleet with electric models and is electrifying approximately 50 depots.

This purchase is yet another step towards implementing De Lijn’s target of zero emission public transport

The order represents an investment of over 43 million EUR.

De Lijn Director-general Ann Schoubs said:

“This order confirms that De Lijn is firmly on track with the electrification of its fleet. Our target is to offer our clients fully emission-free public transport by 2035.

“Manufactured in Komarom, Hungary, these electric buses will be delivered from early 2025 onwards. They will include our typical customer-friendly equipment, such as USB charging points, an electric ramp for less mobile clients, extra wide information screens on board, LED lighting and seats with recycled leather. Our drivers’ safety and comfort is also being taken care of.”

This order follows the award of a new framework agreement for BYD Europe to supply up to 500 12-metre electric buses to De Lijn.

The Flemish operator also has active framework agreements with Van Hool and VDL, so will decide at a later stage which framework agreement(s) it will continue ordering from to electrify the remainder of its fleet.

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