(Yicai Global) Jan. 25 -- Chinese electric car maker BYD Co. has won Egypt's first electric bus order, state-run Xinhua News Agency reported.
The Alexandria Passengers Transport Authority and the Shenzhen-based group signed an agreement for the purchase of 15 fully electric BYD K9 buses yesterday.
Following market testing, orders for additional vehicles may follow. BYD aims to establish itself in Egypt by introducing bus solutions in the country and hopes to alleviate traffic and air pollution problems by providing electric shuttle buses, electric taxis and SkyRail monorails, which feature guidance and stabilization technologies the Chinese firm researched and developed, said Huang Zhixue, general manager of BYD's African auto sales unit.
The government of Alexandria signed a memorandum of understanding with BYD for a SkyRail systems with a planned length of 128 kilometers in October last year.
Teaming up with BYD to improve urban traffic development will drive the country's sustainable growth while leveraging new-energy technologies, said Alexandria Governor Mohamed Sultan.