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An official hand-over ceremony took place recently at Drancy, Paris, France, as BYD delivered a 13-metre electric coach to local authorities.
The event was attended by Aude Lagarde, Mayor of Drancy, Jean-Christophe Lagarde, Member of Parliament & Metropolitan Councillor, and a representative from BYD France.
Greater Paris has introduced a Low Emission Zone (LEZ) to restrict greenhouse gas emissions in the French capital.
Manufactured at BYD France's production facility in Beauvais in the Oise region, the pure-electric, zero-emission 13-metre coach has a 59-seat capacity and will be put into service in the coming days. The electric coach boasts an average single-charge range of 200 kilometres and can be recharged in a few hours. The vehicle will provide the same services as a diesel coach for school, extracurricular activities and occasional transport services for citizens generally.
BYD ‘eCoach’ Passengers from the City of Drancy will be able to move around Paris with complete peace-of-mind and without contributing to CO2 emissions. The vehicle will provide access to an ever-increasing number of cultural and sporting activities for the people of Drancy: young people, old people, sportsmen and women and associations.
Isbrand Ho, Managing Director, BYD Europe said, "We are proud that our pure electric and zero-emission coach will be contributing to improving the quality of life for passengers – particularly the children – in Drancy and, more broadly, in Greater Paris. In the coming weeks, other municipalities in the Ile-de-France region will receive their first BYD electric coaches so that, along with the pioneering town of Drancy, they can continue to take their school and extra-curricular outings in the city of Paris.”
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