BYD opens electric bus factory in Hungary06 April 2017

Chinese manufacturer BYD has opened its first bus plant in Europe, in the northern Hungarian town of Komarom.

At the plant’s official opening earlier this week (4 April), BYD Europe’s managing director Isbrand Ho told the audience of dignitaries that the site was selected for its central location, for the area’s engineering excellence and “the strong heritage of bus making in this immediate area”.

The €20 million factory will employ 300 when at full capacity, turning out up to 400 electric buses a year for the European market.

It will focus initially on electric bus and coach manufacture, but the company says it also plans to produce electric forklifts and light commercial vehicles.

The Hungary plant will also produce the bus chassis for the UK, for assembly under the BYD ADL partnership, as well as chassis for a new BYD factory in France, which will be situated to the north of Paris.

Laura Cork

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