Repeat order takes West Midlands BYD ADL Enviro400EV fleet to over 300

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The first batch of BYD ADL Envrio400EVs was delivered in 2020 for use on service 6 between Birmingham and Solihull. RICHARD SHARMAN

The repeat order follows on from the 130 examples currently being delivered to the company’s Coventry depot

Alexander Dennis and BYD UK have jointly announced that their electric vehicle partnership has taken a further order from National Express West Midlands for an additional 170 double-deck electric buses, which are due to be delivered by the end of 2024.

The new order will take the number of BYD AD Enviro400EVs operated by National Express in the West Midlands to 329. The fleet, which will become the largest of the type in the UK, includes an earlier order for 130 buses that are part of the UK Government’s ambitions to make Coventry the country’s first All-Electric Bus City by 2025. Over half of the earlier batch of 130 BYD ADL Enviro400EV buses ordered are already operating on National Express bus routes across Coventry.

The continued investment is part of National Express’ promise to deliver on its commitment to have a completely zero-emission bus fleet in the UK by 2030. The electricity used to power the vehicles will be fully renewable and zero-carbon.

National Express UK & Germany CEO Tom Stables said: “Replacing our diesel buses with electric means we are on track to meet net zero in a way that is good for business and good for communities. These new British buses, built in Falkirk by Alexander Dennis on a BYD chassis, are clean, green double-decker buses that are popular with customers. As a result, they are not only more economical to run but they will boost passenger growth and revenue by getting more people to ditch their cars for the bus; and of course they do their bit to help tackle the climate and clean air emergency.”
Alexander Dennis Group Commercial Director Martin West said: “At Alexander Dennis, we are proud to lead the charge with solutions that move hearts and minds. We are excited to help National Express deliver its ambitious plans in support of the West Midlands’ target to become a zero-carbon region by 2041. This repeat order from National Express will create the largest fleet of BYD ADL Enviro400EV electric double deck buses in the country and shows the gathering pace of the transition to zero-emission mobility.”

BYD UK Managing Director Frank Thorpe said: “This is yet another considerable electric bus order and we are delighted to support National Express as it continues to make significant headway in replacing its diesel bus fleets with clean electric alternatives. Through our partnership with Alexander Dennis, we combine our niche areas of expertise, including BYD’s world-leading battery technology to bring safe, reliable, non-polluting solutions to make public bus services more sustainable, and ever more appealing to a broader range of passengers.”

Additional investment will be made in infrastructure for charging and maintenance of the fleet across National Express West Midlands’ network of depots.

National Express has added additional vinyls to the livery to promote the fact the model has no exhaust emissions. RICHARD SHARMAN