Go-Ahead London makes first 10.8m BYD order

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The first 10.8m BYD eBus was 100% Chinese-built vehicle unveiled at the Low Carbon Vehicle Event at Millbrook. Since a deal was been signed with ADL to produce the bodies for the 10.8m bus, it is likely to be the only vehicle like this to arrive in the UK. ANDY IZATT

The 10.8m vehicles are the first to be ordered with an ADL Enviro200 EV body

Go-Ahead London has selected the BYD-Alexander Dennis Ltd (ADL) partnership to supply a fleet of 14 10.8m BYD ADL Enviro200 EV buses to operate on its 360 route.

This represents the first order BYD and ADL have won for the new 10.8m model. An integral 10.8m BYD was previously launched at Millbrook Proving Ground’s Low Carbon Vehicle Event prior to the partnership between the two manufacturers.

Route 360 passes through some of London’s most prestigious areas, connecting South Kensington with Chelsea, Sloane Square and Vauxhall, before terminating at the Elephant and Castle. The buses will be based at Go-Ahead’s Camberwell garage, where BYD is to install 14 of its own design charging posts.

Richard Harrington, Engineering Director at Go-Ahead Group, commented: “The experience gained in electrifying routes 521 and 507 out of Waterloo was pivotal in deciding who to work with on route 360.

“Having the confidence that the product can operate on London’s streets and is capable of running a whole day without the need to recharge put this product to the front of what is becoming a very competitive market.”

Announcing the new order, BYD’s UK Country Manager, Frank Thorpe, said: “This underlines the strength of our joint offer and we again look forward to working with Go-Ahead London on this exciting project. We anticipate delivering the vehicles in the second half of 2017.”

Robert Davey, ADL’s Group Commercial and Business Development Director, commented: “Along with our recent order from Merseyside, this latest order illustrates the attractiveness of the BYD ADL Enviro200EV from an operational and passenger perspective, not to mention the benefits it provides to pedestrians and city dwellers with zero emissions.

“The stylish British-built ADL bodywork mounted on BYD’s well proven chassis, and underpinned by the best aftermarket support in the business is truly a winning combination.”