ADL BYD partnership supplying 23 electrics to Metroline

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The 23 10.8m electric Enviro200s EVs will be based at Metroline’s Holloway garage

The Alexander Dennis Ltd (ADL) and BYD partnership has confirmed that 23 of its 10.8m electric Enviro200 EVs will be supplied to Metroline in summer 2018. The vehicles will be based at the operator’s Holloway garage and operate on route 46.

Metroline’s Chief Operating Officer Sean O’Shea said: “’As the operator that launched the world’s first all electric, zero emission double decker bus service in London last year, Metroline is pleased to be able to follow this with an additional 23 single deck models to serve Route 46.

“This is a significant step, and this investment further underscores our determination to lead the industry as well as our commitment to our customers and Transport for London to deliver the very best service possible.”

Isbrand Ho, BYD’s Managing Director for Europe, said: “We are delighted that Metroline has joined the growing circle of TfL operators choosing British-built buses from BYD ADL.

“We are confident that, as elsewhere in London, this fleet will prove efficient and reliable in service.”

Robert Davey, Group Commercial & International Business Development Director at ADL, said: “Our joint ADL BYD design is attractive to operators and passengers alike – there are substantial fuel cost savings to be made and passengers enjoy the stylish and comfortable bodies and the zero emissions. It’s a win win product.”

Last week, CBW stated that 30 of the electric buses would be delivered to Go-Ahead London, with a further 26 for Metroline. A BYD spokesman has since told CBW that 33 vehicles will be delivered to Go-Ahead and 23 to Metroline, with each operator holding three of their vehicles as spares.