Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) and BYD Europe jointly announced that the companies’ electric vehicle partnership, has already topped 100 double-decker bus sales.
The news comes as BYD ADL receives another significant fleet order for its 100% emissions free electric double-decker Enviro400EV with National Express confirming 19 vehicles for its West Midlands bus operation in Birmingham.
These figures for BYD ADL’s double-decker include significant fleet deals with some of the UK’s major bus operators including Metroline, Stagecoach, National Express and RATP Dev London. The BYD ADL partnership has seen the move to electric mobility within the passenger transport sector gathering pace over the past 12 months. As more and more operators realise the operational benefits of combining ADL’s bus design with 100% emissions-free, pure-electric operation. Importantly, BYD designs and installs charging infrastructure systems, to provide its customers with a complete one-stop shop solution to fleet electrification.
The current orders include:
- 37 on programmed delivery to Metroline for service on TfL’s Route 43 (Friern Barnet to London Bridge)
- 32 for Stagecoach Manchester scheduled for Q4 2019 (routes including Manchester City Centre, Piccadilly Gardens and Manchester Airport)
- 29 for RATP Dev London in Q1 2020 for use on TfL’s Route 94 (Acton Green to Piccadilly Circus)
- 19 for National Express West Midlands for operation in Birmingham, delivery planned for Q1 2020
“This is a notable achievement by the BYD ADL team in the UK, underlining the strength and depth of the partnership,” said Arthur Whiteside, Managing Director, UK Sales at ADL. “We have achieved significant market penetration in just three years, while the uptake for the Enviro400EV has been extremely encouraging since we started production in February. The move to electrification is well underway and we’re pleased to be leading the charge. Operators appreciate the significant benefits the Enviro400EV offers – which combines 100% emission free operations with the comfort, style and safety that make the Enviro400 the UK’s favourite double deck bus.”
“We see the demand for full electric mobility only increasing,” added Frank Thorpe, Managing Director at BYD (UK), “and for two good reasons – public demand and fleet productivity. An increasingly well-educated public is calling for a sustainable future and zero-emissions public transport can play a key role in helping people switch to an energy-saving mindset. Pure electric operation is having a truly dramatic impact on air quality in our towns and cities, and that’s good news for everyone.
“For operators,” he went on, “electric mobility offers long-term productivity gains for scheduled service bus fleets, regardless of their size, as proven by public transport operators right across Europe. We look forward to engaging further with UK operators in our mission to bring 100% emissions-free mobility to our streets.”