Indigenous Athletes participating in the 1st World Indigenous Games take advantage of riding the BYD pure electric bus.
Kaly, Olympic Games Mascot, rides the BYD K9
Palmas, Brazil: Aware of the significance and importance of indigenous peoples to promote better communion with nature and integration with the environment, BYD do Brasil, a subsidiary of Chinese renewable energy giant, BYD Company Ltd., placed a pure electric bus to demo at the 1st World Indigenous Games (Jogos Mundias dos Povos Indigenas), a multisport event with over 2,000 participating indigenous athletes from 23 countries taking place in Palmas, capital of the Brazilian state of Tocantins, from October 23 to October 30, 2015.
The indigenous people coming from all over the country and the world had the unique opportunity to experience the comfort and silence of the BYD K9 zero emission bus and also get better acquainted with what can be considered the future in sustainable collective mobility. The first World Indigenous Games is an international project conceived by the Intertribal Council (ITC), and grew from the national Jogos dos Povos Indigenas (Indigenous Peoples Games) that began in 1999. It is a joint effort of the ITC, the Brazilian Ministry of Sport, and the Municipality of Palmas.
This is actually not the first time the community of Palmas experienced the BYD fully electric bus. In February 2014, the K9 was presented to the city in a series of successful test rides when it demonstrated excellent performance under the city's scalding heat. Palmas is Brazil's youngest capital and since its foundation great attention to sustainable development has been paid. On the occasion of the Games, Carlos Amastha, the Mayor of Palmas, stated: "Palmas has a long term commitment to sustainability. The partnership to bring the BYD electric bus to the World Indian Games is a way to reaffirm our commitment to a more sustainable future for our city."
The BYD K9 is a 12-meter, 4-door, low-floor and zero emission urban bus, with universal accessibility for passengers with limited mobility. Its innovative design was especially suited to the Brazilian market and features optimized power performance as compared to its diesel counterpart.
The K9 offers a driving range of 250km on a single charge (enough to run a whole day), offers a silent and comfortable ride, without the uncomfortable jerks and vibrations common to combustion buses, and also greatly improves drivers' and city dwellers' quality of life by drastically reducing noise pollution. BYD's electrified transportation solutions are successfully running in over 150 major urban centers in 36 countries, with the largest fleet - 780 zero emission buses - running in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, accumulating mileage of 79,960,000km, and a single mileage of 266,000km. Go figure what that means in terms of CO2 cuts for the city.
About the Ist World Indigenous Games
The first edition of the Indigenous Peoples World Games is organized by the Ministry of Sports and the city of Palmas, Intertribal Committee (ITC) and the Government of the State of Tocantins, in partnership with the United Nations Developmetn Program (UNDP). The games are aimed at building and strengthening of public policies to establish mechanisms in appreciation of ethnic and cultural revival, in order to maintain their traditions. The first edition of the Indigenous Peoples World Games is being held in the city of Palmas, Tocantins, from October 23rd to 30th of 2015. The event brought 24 ethnic nationalities and 23 countries representing indigenous people from around the world. The games brought together the following indigenous tribes: Asurini, Bororo Boe, Rikbaktsa, Javae Itya Mahadu, Guarani Kaiowa, Kayapo Mebengokre, Kaingang, Kamayura, Karaja, Kyikateje Parakateje, Cinnamon Ramkokamekra, Kuikuro, Kura Bakairi, Mamainde Nhambikwara, Manoki, Matis, Paresi, Pataxo, Tapirape, Terena, Waiwai, Xavante, and Xerente. Likewise, the games brought together participants from Argentina, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, United States, Ethiopia, Finland, Guatemala, Guyana, Mexico, Mongolia, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Russia, and Uruguay.
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