Manufacturers BYD and Alexander Dennis (ADL) have announced that the joint venture’s electric buses in New Zealand have clocked up over 1 million kilometres of zero-emission operation, avoiding more than 1,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions in the process.
The partners have supplied 18 BYD ADL Enviro200EV electric buses to transport authorities and operators in New Zealand to date, with more on order as the country prepares to fully decarbonise its public transport bus fleet by 2035. This includes an initial fleet of six, later eight, electric buses operated by Fullers360 on Auckland Transport services in Waiheke Island, which are said to have prevented the emission of 300 tonnes of CO2 in just eight months.
NZ Bus saved 290 tonnes with five buses in Tauranga and Ritchies 270 tonnes with three buses in Christchurch, while the two trial buses that Auckland Transport has been using in the central business district have cut out 140 tonnes of CO2 emissions since their launch in 2018.
ADL recently announced that it will assemble zero-emission buses locally in New Zealand, renewing a partnership with local manufacturer Kiwi Bus Builders. ADL’s General Manager for New Zealand, Tony Moore, said: “Although our fleet of electric buses is small by international standards it is heartening to see their contribution to tackling the global challenge of climate change. Their continued impact will be further amplified as we deliver more and more electric buses here in New Zealand, working closely with our partners Kiwi Bus Builders and BYD Australia.”