BYD aims to sell 4,000 EV buses in Japan by 2030

Major Chinese electric-vehicle maker BYD has set a target of selling 4,000 electric buses in Japan by 2030. The firm is one of the leading producers of such vehicles, having sold about 70,000 units worldwide.

BYD unveiled a new range of EV buses in Tokyo on Tuesday. The company says it also has plans to launch two models next year that offer 10 percent longer driving ranges.

"The goal should not be difficult to reach as transportation operators are increasingly aware of the need to shift to electric," said Hanada Shinsaku, Executive Vice President of BYD Japan. "We are doing what we can to help Japan achieve carbon neutrality.

BYD entered the Japanese market in 2015 and has quickly made big inroads. The company now produces more than 70 percent of the electric buses sold in the country.

Competition between Japanese and overseas manufacturers has been heating up in the business-use EV sector in recent years. Japan's Isuzu Motors and Hino Motors are the latest firms to enter the field. They have announced a plan to jointly build electric buses starting in fiscal 2024.