New vehicle variety at the NEC

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The full design of the new EnviroEV models was shown for the first time at the show, whilst an example of the new chassis was also on the stand for inspection, showing the location of the batteries and Voith Electrical Drive System ADL

It has been a long wait, but finally new and repowered metal returned to the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. Euro Bus Expo showcased the very latest new vehicles, some known about, and others that were revealed for the first time. CBW reviews the vehicles on display first in this two part special; part two will look at suppliers, software and services

Alexander Dennis

In typical Alexander Dennis (ADL) style, it had saved up many surprises for the big NEC show. After sharing many artists impressions of different parts of its new generation Enviro range using its own battery technology, many thought that they would be able to see and experience the new Enviro EV models in the flesh. Unfortunately, this was not to be the case, however ADL was able to share an exclusive preview of its next generation of battery-electric buses and provided more detailed information on their design, specification and capabilities.

Enviro EV range

Alexander Dennis has developed its new zero-emission technology platform as the basis for a new generation of battery-electric and hydrogen-fuel cell buses, but will continue to offer electric buses through the BYD ADL partnership, giving a range of options to meet operators’ requirements. Fully designed and built by Alexander Dennis and backed up with its AD24 whole-vehicle aftermarket support, the first of the new battery-electric models will be the Enviro400EV double-decker and a new midibus, the Enviro100EV. Initial orders have been taken, ADL reports, and the first vehicles are expected in 2023.

Along with a next-generation electric driveline and the new, ‘future-proof’ Alexander Dennis battery system, ADL highlighted that the new buses introduce a striking new design language that it says enhances their kerb appeal and makes a bold statement of investment in cleaner transport.

The Enviro400EV is what ADL calls the ‘crowd-shifter,’ a battery-electric double-deck bus designed to move large numbers of people on busy urban corridors and interurban expresses. With a total capacity of up to 96 passengers and a claimed operational range of up to 260 miles on a single charge, it features an improved lower deck seating layout and a wide range of specification options to tailor the vehicle to local needs.


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