BYD Co., a leading Chinese electrified vehicle maker, secured a contract to supply 100 electric buses to Chile¡¯s capital city of Santiago.
It is the largest order for electric buses BYD has won in South America, the company said.
The electric buses -- BYD¡¯s K9 ¨C have been customized for the Chilean market. They are powered by the company¡¯s phosphate ion batteries and feature a range up to 250 kilometers on one charge.
The vehicles will be produced in China and delivered to Chile¡¯s public transport operator, Transantiago, in late November.
The Chilean contract is the latest in a slew of orders BYD has secured overseas. Last week, the company won a contract to provide 37 electric double-deck buses to London¡¯s public transport operator, Metroline, along with U.K. bus and coach manufacturer Alexander Dennis.
BYD assembles electric buses and other EVs in China, California, Scotland and Brazil, and is building plants in Hungary, France and Ecuador.
The company also produces gasoline passenger vehicles in China.
In the first quarter, it delivered nearly 111,800 vehicles, which include roughly 82,100 gasoline-powered cars and light trucks, as well as 29,600 electrified vehicles.
To support electrified vehicle output, BYD opened a lithium battery plant in the northwest China province of Qinghai. The factory, the company¡¯s third, can produce 24 gigawatt-hours of batteries a year at full capacity. It is part of BYD's plan to raise total battery production capacity to 60 GWh by 2020.
BYD, based in the south China city of Shenzhen, is listed in Hong Kong and Shanghai. It is partly owned by U.S. billionaire Warren Buffett.