Alexander Dennis Ltd (ADL) has announced that it has signed a framework agreement with the Republic of Ireland’s National Transport Authority (NTA) for the delivery of up to 600 Enviro400ER double-deck hybrid buses, capable of running in zero-emission mode for at least 2.5km. The agreement includes an initial firm order for 100 buses.
The framework agreement covers the purchase of the initial hybrid buses and will run for up to five years. An order has been placed for the first 100 buses, which are to be delivered in autumn 2020 and the NTA will be able to exercise options for a further 500 vehicles to reflect vehicle requirements over the coming years.
The Enviro400ER uses BAE Systems’ Series-ER hybrid system with a 32kWh next-generation lithium-ion battery energy storage system that can be charged externally via a plug-in connection, meeting the requirements of the European Union’s Clean Vehicles Directive.
In addition to its continuous zero tailpipe emissions range, the Enviro400ER switches off its diesel engine at low speeds during approach to and departure from stops and when stationary.
The buses will be 11.0m long and will have 66-seat City style bodywork which has been adapted to suit requirements in the Republic of Ireland.
Alexander Dennis Chief Executive Colin Robertson said: “We are delighted to have been chosen by Ireland’s National Transport Authority for the supply of up to 600 clean buses. Our Enviro400ER electric range hybrid bus will reduce emissions and passengers will love the smooth journey experience, while drivers are bound to enjoy a great working environment in its spacious cab. This order confirms our strategy of leading the market with the widest range of low and zero-emission buses, enabling us to offer the right vehicle for each requirement.”