BYD C6 Electric Bus
BYD D6R Electric Bus
Manufacturer BYD Auto
Bodywork Gemilang Coachworks
Years in operation 2019—Present
Operators SMRT Buses (Future)
Technical Data
Length 7.2 metre
Motor BYD-3425TZA
Accessibility High Floor
Emission Standard Zero tailpipe emissions

The BYD D6R is a fully electric midibus manufactured by Chinese company BYD, which specialises in electric vehicles and new energy solutions.

The bus design incorporates large-capacity Lithium-Iron-Phosphate batteries which allow the bus to travel more than 200km on a single charge, under urban road conditions. Private operators ShareTransport and Grab first trialled the similar BYD C6 bus back in 2018, and four units are expected to enter service with SMRT Buses in the near future, destined for SMRT Bus Service 825, the only public bus service in Singapore operating using shorter-length buses.

As of mid-March 2019, the buses are undergoing inspection and fitting of revenue service equipment.

Technical Specifications
Basic Technical Specifications
Electric motors BYD-3425TZA motors
Single motor rated at 150kW / 550 Nm
Battery BYD Iron-Phosphate battery
Lithium iron phosphate batteries, capacity of 135kWh. Full charge takes 4 hours
Bodywork Gemilang Coachworks
‘EcoRange’ aluminium bus body
EDS Mobitec (Model TBC)
Passenger Capacity 20 Seated + (TBC) standing  & 1 passenger-in-wheelchair
Additional Features Wheelchair Lift (Model TBC)
Passenger Information Display System (Model TBC) with interior speakers

The bus combined forward-facing seats on the left side with side-facing seats on the right side and a central aisle running the length of the bus.

All seats also have hand grips to provide commuters with additional support while moving within the bus. Emergency hammers are mounted on pillars in-between windows.

The BYD D6R features an emergency door located at the rear offside of the bus. Formerly a mandated safety feature on buses, these have largely been replaced with emergency hammers as a means of emergency egress, with the former Volvo B10M-60 (Mark IV) (Walter Alexander Strider) buses being the last public buses to feature them.

In addition, the BYD D6R is wheelchair-accessible via a wheelchair lift located at the passenger entrance/exit door. A single wheelchair bay is opposite the entrance/exit door.

BYD C6 Buses in Singapore

The BYD D6R is very similar to the BYD C6 buses which have operated in Singapore, two of which entered service in 2018.



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3 thoughts on “BYD D6R

  • 16 March 2019 at 4:49 AM

    Very cool! Wonder if it can expand to more existing and new bus routes in the future – 150, 42 and some new routes serving some private estates maybe?

    • 17 March 2019 at 4:40 PM

      If I’m not wrong, this bus may have more seating capacity than the buses that are currently on bus service 825.

      • 20 March 2019 at 9:48 PM

        The Mitsubishi Fuso Rosas used on 825 has a seating capacity of 24 people, which is 4 more than this BYD D6R, though this bus can fit in one wheelchair user and can probably fit more than 6 standing passengers, which is the standing passenger capacity of the Rosas.


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