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BYD ebus selected for best transportation solution in the Top 10 Sustainable Innovation for 2013

September 27, 2013 in BYD, Electric Bus, Electric Vehicles, EV News

BYD Electric Bus Image courtesy of BYD

International institute Sustainia has launched its top-10 list of best sustainable innovations for 2013 that will compete for the prestigious Sustainia Award later this year. BYD ebus has been selected as a 2013 finalist and was presented to business leaders from around the world at the UN business conference Leaders Summit in New York on September 19th. The 10 companies and projects have been selected for their potential to drive sustainable change in their communities and industries, and were chosen from among more than 1,000 projects submitted from 79 countries.

BYD ebus

The ebus built by BYD is the first pure-electric bus in the world to be powered by an Iron-Phosphate battery. Hundreds of BYD ebuses are now in passenger carrying operations – by far the largest number of electric buses from any brand. The current BYD ebus measures 12 meters long and is designed with customer transport comfort in mind. The technically advanced and specially designed wheel-hub motor and its electronically controlled air suspension can offer customers a product with an exceptionally low floor, multiple door choices and ample floor space for easy passenger access.

The imposing windscreen occupies two thirds of the frontal area of the bus for maximum viewing as well as safety. The bus body conveys an elegant exterior image, while the interior boasts an air of quality with adjustable driver’s seat, durable seats for passengers and carefully engineered sound insulation keeping the interior ride whisper quiet. BYD’s pure electric bus employs many advanced technologies developed in-house by BYD’s strong R&D team which includes 15,000 engineers. For example, the Iron-Phosphate battery or “Fe Battery” used on the BYD ebus is safe and non-polluting: the materials contained in the battery can be recycled or safely disposed of.

Orders have been won so far in China, the Netherlands, Finland, Denmark, Uruguay, Canada and the United States. The BYD electric bus has also been successfully tested in many cities in Europe including Madrid, Barcelona, Budapest, Salzburg, etc. The accumulated mileage of the 220 electric buses operating in the city of Shenzhen (China) alone was nearly 20 million kilometers (or 12.4 million miles) by the end of August 2013.

Public votes will determine Sustainia Award

The Sustainia top-10 list of sustainable innovations are competing for this year’s Sustainia Award which chaired by former governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Joined by Chair of IPCC Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri, former Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland, and EU Commissioner Connie Hedegaard, Mr. Schwarzenegger will select the final winner of this international sustainability award to be presented at a major ceremony in Copenhagen, November 7th 2013.

“The Top-10 Sustainia projects reflect innovative approaches that can lead to more sustainable industries. Hopefully, they will inspire more businesses to take green practicing to heart. It is not an easy choice to select one, but I’m looking forward to presenting a Sustainia Award winner in Copenhagen,” says Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, chair of UN’s panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Members of the public can help the BYD ebus get closer to an award by voting for in the Sustainia Community Award, which is decided entirely on the public votes. Learn more on the nominees and place votes at (

10 Solutions Selected From Around the World The top-10 list is being launched at UN Global Compact’s annual Leaders Summit conference in New York. The largest gathering of its kind, the summit is a key discussion forum for business leaders on corporate sustainability strategies.

“Sustainia is demonstrating that a transformation towards a greener and more inclusive world is possible everywhere,” says Georg Kell, executive director of UN Global Compact.

Representing innovation from different parts of the world, the top-10 projects showcase readily available solutions and technologies capable of transforming businesses, cities, industries and our everyday life. Developed in nine different countries, the 10 solutions are in total deployed in more than 90 countries around the world.

“The 10 projects showcase that a green transformation of our societies has come a long way. They are 10 reasons for optimism. The challenge is that most projects are unknown to the public. Sustainia’s mission is to create a platform for the best sustainable solutions from around the world in order to ensure awareness and deployment on a global scale,“ says Erik Rasmussen, founder of Sustainia.

Publication on Sustainia’s Top-10 of Sustainable Innovation available here: (

About Sustainia

Sustainia is an innovation platform where companies, NGOs, foundations and thought leaders come together to support and work with a tangible approach to sustainability. With a focus on readily available solutions, Sustainia’s mission is to mature markets and sectors for sustainable products and services. The work of Sustainia equips decision makers, CEOs and citizens with the solutions, arguments, visions, facts and network needed to accelerate sustainable transformation in sectors, industries and our everyday life.

Our work includes:

  • Identifying innovative and sustainable solutions from around the world readily available for implementation
  • Giving talks and inspiring presentations about the attractive sustainable future we could achieve with available solutions
  • Publishing guides to sustainable practices within cities and a wide range of sectors
  • Arranging workshop on sustainable living and megatrends in sustainability
  • Creating sector alliances and facilitate network between companies, scientists, organizations and civil society working with sustainability

With Sustainia, we are creating a vision of what a sustainable future could look like. Not Utopia or a distant dream. Building on scenarios where available solutions, innovation and technologies are implemented at large scale, Sustainia demonstrates the exciting sustainable societies we could live in.

About BYD

BYD Co., Ltd is a leading-edge provider of green energy technologies that specializes in the IT, automotive, and new energy industries. Being the world’s biggest rechargeable battery manufacturer, BYD also has the largest global market share for cell-phone chargers and keypads. BYD branched out into the auto business in 2003, and has kept a robust yearly growth rate successively. In 2008, Warren Buffett invested $232 million to take a 9.89% stake in BYD. Today, BYD is the fastest-growing Chinese auto company and a global pioneer in the field of new energy vehicles including Dual Mode Electric Models and Pure Electric Models.

Based on its core Fe Battery technology, BYD has worked out a Green City Solution, which aims to electrify urban public transportation systems by transitioning from gasoline and diesel buses and taxis to pure electric ones. In March 2012, BYD and Daimler AG officially announced the entirely new EV brand Denza in China.

In addition, BYD has also focused on the Research & Development and manufacturing of a wide range of new energy products, including energy storage system, solar energy products and LED lighting. For more information, please visit,,, or [email protected].

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