Largest Israeli Bus Operator Egged has ordered 100 purely electric 12-meter buses from BYD. The new Buses are to be delivered before the end of 2022 and will be used in Haifa.
For the Chinese bus manufacturer, this electric bus order is the largest from to date Israel.
The order is part of a larger Israeli tender for 200 buses supported by the national transport authority. Public transport operator Egged has chosen BYD as its supplier in this framework.
Egged has been a customer since 2017 and already has 24 BYD electric buses in its fleet that operate in Haifa and Jerusalem.
BYD says that its new generation of electric buses that will be bound for Israel will be equipped with iron-phosphate batteries with longer service life and increased energy density for an even longer range. The battery pack comes to 422 kWh of energy content and is expected to provide up to 400 kilometres of range.
BYD says there are currently 37 of their electric buses in operation across Israel in the cities of Haifa, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Modin and the Sharon region.
In August this year, the Israeli government increased the amount of funding to go towards electric buses. The goal is to electrify Israel’s entire bus fleet by 2025.