Alexander Dennis (ADL) and BYD UK have announced a shorter version of their successful BYD ADL Enviro400EV double-decker. With a more compact wheelbase, BYD ADL says the 10.3m model has been designed to increase manoeuvrability when navigating congested roads and tight corners. Launched in 2019, over 450 of the standard 10.8m versions have since been sold to operators in London and other UK cities.
The new shorter length has been achieved by shortening the wheelbase by 50cm to 5.4m. BYD’s UK R&D team has been responsible for the rapid development of the new 10.3m chassis, working in close collaboration with ADL’s body engineers who ensured that the battery placement gives optimum weight distribution, while ample power remains available to deliver a full day’s operation. A demonstrator is expected to be available from the second half of 2021 for operators to trial.
Paul Davies, ADL President & Managing Director, said: “As bus companies across the United Kingdom make the switch to electric buses with support from national and local government, the BYD ADL partnership is preparing to ‘Build it in Britain’ with complete assembly of electric buses in our facilities here in the country, where it will benefit our local communities, develop skills and secure jobs here in the UK. The new, short-wheelbase option for our electric double-decker further ensures operators can rely on us to deliver the buses they need, tailored to their requirements and backed up with best-in-class aftermarket support.”
Managing Director at BYD UK, Frank Thorpe, said: “This latest double-deck model demonstrates the close collaboration between BYD and ADL in the UK, and our ability to develop vehicles which meet demands of more and more operators wishing to transition to electrification.
“The new 10.3m model offers a no-compromise specification for public transport operators with high passenger volumes on congested and restricted route profiles. Above all,” he said, “the BYD ADL Enviro400EV provides passengers with a very safe, quiet, comfortable and emissions-free public transport solution.”