TfL route 94 goes pure electric with BYD Alexander Dennis E400EVs

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29 new, fully electric buses have been introduced on the 24-hour route 94 bus service from Acton Green to Piccadilly Circus via Westfield, Notting Hill and Oxford Street

BYD Europe and Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) jointly announced last week that one of West London’s best-known bus services, route 94, is going fully electric with the delivery of 29 pure electric, 100% emissions-free BYD ADL Enviro400EV double-deckers.

Route 94, operated by RATP-owned London United, provides a 24-hour service for West London residents, from Acton Green to Piccadilly Circus via Westfield, Notting Hill and Oxford Street.

Route 94’s conversion takes the proportion of electric buses at the Shepherd’s Bush depot to over 50%. ADL

With an overall 67-seat capacity (24 in the lower saloon, 43 in upper saloon), the 10.9m BYD ADL Enviro400EV has a claimed range of up to 160 miles on a single charge. Power is delivered through BYD’s pure-electric drivetrain comprising the electric motor and 382kWh Iron-Phosphate batteries.

The new vehicles are also fitted with the new Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System which generates sound at speeds below 12mph to alert pedestrians and vulnerable road users.

This latest delivery from the BYD ADL partnership sees the total number of its electric buses in service climb to 269, including 200 BYD ADL Enviro200EV single decks.

Speaking at a launch event, Catherine Chardon, Managing Director of RATP Dev London, said: “These new buses will support TfL and London’s strategy for a greener city. It is the second step in our garage network electrification strategy.”

Mehdi Sinaceur, Chairman of RATP Dev UK at RATP Dev, added: “Electrification is one of the key transformations that RATP Dev is helping our London companies with, leveraging our Group experience.”

“Today, we have 234 BYD ADL electric buses operating in the capital – we’re delivering a cleaner London,” said Frank Thorpe, Managing Director at BYD (UK). “RATP Dev is one of the city’s main Transport for London operators, and a 29-vehicle delivery is not only a ringing endorsement for emissions free mobility for the people of London, but also for the BYD ADL partnership and its combination of world-renowned electro-mobility technology and British manufacturing ingenuity.”

Seen at the launch from left to right are Terry Miles (Bus Driver, RATP Dev London), Heidi Alexander (Deputy Mayor of London for Transport), Mehdi Sinaceur (Senior Vice President Americas UK South Africa, RATP Dev), Claire Mann (Director of Bus Operations, Transport for London) and Catherine Chardon (Managing Director, RATP Dev London).

ADL Chief Executive, Colin Robertson, said: “RATP Dev’s route 94 is the second double-decker route in London to go electric with the BYD ADL Enviro400EV, with more to follow this year. Red double-decker buses keep London moving, and having already supplied hybrid buses to the capital since 2008, ADL is delighted to be a leading partner in their transformation to zero emissions.”