LONDON, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) -- Since it first entered the UK market in 2013, Chinese bus manufacturer Zhengzhou Yutong Bus Co. Ltd. has delivered 500 vehicles to the country.
At a ceremony in Leeds, north England, on Wednesday to mark the milestone delivery, Richard Crump, general manager of Pelican Engineering Co. Ltd. which represents the Chinese company in the UK, said: "The sales of Yutong vehicles have exceeded my expectation. I strongly believe that the 1,000th vehicle will take less than five years to reach."
Li Kejie, west Europe manager of Yutong, said that the production of new energy vehicles was an important element of Yutong's international business strategy.
"With the help of its new energy strategy in China, Yutong has become the leading new energy bus maker in the world. We have already sold 120,000 new energy vehicles worldwide," he added.
Bus company Go North East had ordered the first electric bus from Yutong in the UK.
"We are looking forward to using Yutong vehicles as the first electric buses in Newcastle in 2020," said Martijn Gilbert, managing director of the company.