Under the contract, the company will supply 35 units of its pure-electric bus that will be used in the airport’s fleet to transfer passengers between airport terminals and aircraft.

These buses are expected to enter the service in July 2014, by replacing the existing fleet of conventionally powered buses.

BYD noted that its pure-electric bus uses several advanced technologies, including advanced environmentally-friendly, Iron-Phosphate batteries, in-wheel hub motors and regenerative braking, that have been developed in-house by the company’s 15,000 engineers.

Commenting on the contract, BYD Europe managing director Isbrand Ho said that this contract is a major step in the company’s strategy to deliver emissions-free, public-transport vehicles.

"We won this contract on the strength of our proven technology and ability to support their 10-year operating contract. We are confident that this high-profile contract will persuade many other bus operators inside and outside the airport business to consider all-electric BYD buses," added Ho.