BYD Company is “talking the talk and walking the walk” at Habitat III, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development being held in Quito, Ecuador, Oct. 17-20. BYD Senior Vice President Stella Li shared her insights during a panel discussion about sustainable urban mobility on Oct. 18. The world’s leading electric bus manufacturer is also providing a pure electric fleet (ebus and electric car) as VIP transportation for conference participants.
Habitat III’s “New Urban Agenda,” aims to set global standards of achievement in sustainable urban development, rethinking the way we build, manage, and live in cities. The conference’s goal aligns with BYD’s mission to offer a comprehensive eco-system of renewable energy and sustainable transportation solutions, including solar farms, energy storage stations, electric vehicles and electric monorail.
Li participated in the Special Session on Transport and Mobility, which gathers representatives from government, cities, and industry, including transport service providers, vehicle, equipment and battery manufacturers, and financial institutions. Select projects and initiatives will be highlighted, demonstrating how innovations like those offered by BYD are driving the change to a more people-focused and inclusive approach to urban mobility.
Habitat III also marks the first use of BYD’s 12 meter electric bus and e5 cars in Ecuador, a country that recently announced its commitment to use renewable hydro-power to generate 95 percent of its energy. The K9 “ebus” model uses BYD’s internally developed Iron-phosphate battery and offers a range of up to 250 km on a single charge. The zero-emissions, pure electric e5 in use at the conference can cover a distance of up to 305km with a single charge.
BYD’s involvement in Habitat III follows an announcement earlier this year when BYD President and Chairman Wang Chuanfu became the only automaker representative named to the Sustainable Development Advisory Committee, a private sector advisory board for the United Nations Development Program in China.
“At BYD, we believe that governments and the private sector can and should work together to affect meaningful change for the benefit of all,” Stella Li said.