France is the first stop of our reporters’ European tour. In the interview, the two giants of the local bus circle highly praised Yutong buses.
Sitting in the meeting room, we heard the views from the two giants of the local bus circle: one is a French bus operator with over 40 years of operating experience, the other is an experienced French dealer with 100 years experience on vehicle sales. They spoke highly of Yutong’s products and looked forward to the development of Yutong’s full electric buses in France in the future.
“We believe that the full electric vehicles are the trend of future development. Yutong has great advantages in terms of full electric buses, even better than European brands. Therefore, the full electric buses are the trump card of Yutong in Europe," said Jean-Sebastien BARRAULT, president of LACROIX, a time-honored bus operator in France.
"Yutong buses are not inferior to European counterparts, and its technology on full electric buses has even reached the internationally advanced level," said Laurent GUGUMUS, GM of DIETRICH CAREBUS GROUP (DCG), Yutong’s dealer in France.
From the perspective of market innovation, the full electric vehicles are the trend of future development. BARRAULT expressed that although some European bus makers have leading positions in Europe, their advantages are mainly in the diesel vehicle area. In the field of new energy buses, they can not even provide hybrid buses. “Yutong has great advantages in terms of full electric buses. The European bus makers are expected to have the related products in one or one and half year. But at that time, Yutong will have had related cases on the operation of full electric buses,” said BARRAULT.
“It is worth mentioning that Yutong has reached the world's leading level in terms of full electric bus application. Yutong and our company work very well and are now actively promoting the full electric buses to operate in the French market,” said GUGUMUS. “The year 2015 is a very important year. In Europe, it is decided by policies and regulations that 80% of the existing city buses will be replaced by clean energy buses (CNG, hybrid, full electric, fuel cell, etc.), so the full electric buses will be one of the trends in the future,” he added.