BYD conquers Northern Holland
The Chinese manufacturer BYD (Build Your Dreams) will deliver 246 electric buses for three regions in the north of the Netherlands: Overijssel, Flevoland, and Gelderland. 130 of these 12-meters long e-buses will already be operational next year. It’s the most significant order for electric buses in the whole of Europe until now.
The buses will be adapted to the working conditions in the Netherlands. The charging infrastructure comes from Floading, a Dutch service provider specialized in smart charging solutions for electric cars, trucks, and buses. The BYD e-buses can load during the day or overnight for the lowest possible price.
“It’s already a while that we are a partner of BYD, the world’s largest builder of electric buses,” says Floading CEO Arnaud van der Sluis. “We operate on an international scale and have been providing charging points for e-buses in different European countries, for example, Hungary and Sweden.”
“This appointment is the next step in our cooperation with BYD, and we expect to be helping more and more countries in the EU in their transition to clean energy for public transport.”
One of the investors in Floading is Koolen Industries, particularly focused on energy transition. Since it started in 2019, Koolen Industries has been investing in BonGo Solar (installation solar panels), Super B (producer of lithium batteries), Smart Grid (energy storage), Elestor (battery developer), and others. Floading is one of the key players in this lot.
“We are expecting serious growth from our companies,” says Kees Koolen, CEO of Koolen Industries. “The challenges concerning emissions are huge throughout the European Union.”
“We chose the Twente region to roll out this e-bus project because we also have a close relationship with the University of Twente. With our companies, we want to play a leading role in this energy transition challenge. By doing so, we not only contribute to reaching the climate goals on time, but we also create new, green employment.”