The Chinese company BYD – Build Your Dreams – will soon use Denmark as test marked for two newly developed electrical busses.
BYD is a high-tech market leader, specialising in IT, automobiles and new energy. This is one of the first times that BYD is testing outside China, and they chose Denmark because of Danish companies’ many experiences within electrical vehicles technology.
The Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lene Espersen, explains:
“Danish cleantech companies already have established themselves in China, but now Chinese cleantech businesses discover Denmark as a test market for research and development of their products. Denmark has the right cleantech competencies and unique ability of cooperation between private companies and research institutions.”
Through Invest in Denmark BYD found the right partner in Denmark and has now signed a Memorandum of Understanding on developing and testing electrical buses in Denmark. The Danish partner company Movia already has a deep knowledge when it comes to making bus transportation environmentally friendly.
A Danish government policy on green energy means that electrical vehicles play a crucial part in the ambition to make Denmark fully independent of fossil fuels by 2050.
There is no registration tax or owner’s charge on electric vehicles in Denmark, making electrical vehicles a very attractive alternative to traditional cars.
“Green growth is getting more and more important and I am proud to see that we in Denmark have a leading position in electrical vehicles. The cooperation between Chinese BYD and Danish Movia is yet another perfect example of this,” Minister Lene Espersen says.