An institutional delegation, headed by the Mayor Xavier Trias, visited companies, investors and institutions in the Asian country from 11th to 18th July. On this mission, Trias established a strategic alliance with Huawei and BYD Auto to lead the commitment to ‘smart cities’, the electric vehicle and energy self-sufficiency.
From 11th to 18th July, the Mayor of Barcelona, Xavier Trias, made a seven-day institutional trip to China with the aim of promoting the Catalan city and its Metropolitan Area and attracting new investments.
One of the cities visited was Shenzen, where Mayor Trias established a strategic alliance with the multinational companies Huawei Technologies and BYD Auto to boost Barcelona’s commitment to smart cities and electric mobility.
In this regard, the top executives of both companies expressed their interest in collaborating with the Catalan capital and turning the city into the stage for the presentation in Europe of their industrial advances.
Turning Barcelona into a business platform
This is the objective of BYD Auto, a multinational company with 180,000 workers that stands out for its important contribution to the development and production of petrol, electric and hybrid vehicles. Currently they have 200 buses circulating around the city of Shenzhen and they have signed various agreements for the supply of units to Frankfurt, Helsinki, Amsterdam and Shiermonnikoog (Netherlands).
Barcelona is a European focal point in electric mobility and it has offered itself as an urban laboratory for companies to test out the technologies of their vehicles and components. In fact, BYD has already given an electric bus (model K9 BYD) to TMB (Metropolitan Transport of Barcelona) which went on trial for 15 days last June. According to Mayor Trias, “many possibilities for collaboration are opening up” with the multinational Chinese company, both short and medium term.[:]