BYD and ADL develop shorter electric single-decker

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The vehicle has a passenger capacity of 79 and is expected to have a 179 mile range on a 3.5 hour charge time
The vehicle has a passenger capacity of 79 and is expected to have a 179 mile range on a 3.5 hour charge time

The BYD ADL Enviro200EV 10.8m will make its first appearance at this year’s Low Carbon Vehicle Event at Millbrook Proving Ground

BYD and Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) have announced an extension to their existing collaboration on 12m electric single-deckers with the creation of a 10.8m version, especially designed for the British bus market.

The shorter model will be able to carry up to 79 passengers, 27 seated. Kerb weight is 12.6 tonnes.

Range under typical operating conditions (to UITP SORT 2 test conditions with driver’s air-conditioning on) is 179 miles, with a recharge time of 3.5 hours. The partnership said that other battery power outputs and performance parameters will be available.

The first 10.8m model will be on show at the CENEX Low Carbon Vehicle Event at Millbrook Proving Ground from September 14-15, 2016. The demonstrator model has been fully built by BYD, but future vehicles will form part of the BYD partnership with ADL, which is bodying Chinese-built powered chassis at its plant in Falkirk, Scotland.

The resulting model is expected to be designated the BYD ADL Enviro200EV 10.8m and is expected to be available in first half 2017.

“This is a significant extension of our pure electric bus family which will have strong appeal to those many UK operators for whom a 12m bus is just too long”, said Isbrand Ho, Managing Director of BYD Europe.

“As with our first significant BYD ADL Enviro200EV order in the UK (51 12m buses for Go Ahead Group for use in London) we look forward to continuing to work with our colleagues at ADL to create an optimum product tailored to British requirements.”

Colin Robertson, Chief Executive of ADL, commented: “We are pleased to be furthering our partnership with BYD to develop this new product variant, which brings together the best of the best.”