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China's BYD spots opportunity for its electric buses -- in Japan

Expanded customer support and services to pave way for sales surge

BYD made the first Japanese delivery of its K8 large bus to Heiwa Kotsu in greater Tokyo earlier this year. (Photo courtesy of BYD Japan)

TOKYO -- Chinese automaker BYD is fortifying after-sales services in Japan to sell more electric buses, deeming the market ripe for widespread adoption of electricity-powered vehicles.

Local unit BYD Japan, which has sold more than 50 electric buses in the country, is set to increase marketing for transportation companies and seeks to lift the sales tally to about 4,000 by 2030.

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