BYD ADL unveiled the first of 37 new, zero-emission, fully electric BYD ADL Enviro400EV double deckers for delivery to London bus operator, Metroline.
The first five vehicles entered service on Metroline’s route 43 as part of the bus operator’s contract with Transport for London (TfL), operating out of Metroline’s Holloway Bus Garage. Route 43 runs from Friern Barnet to London Bridge, a total distance of nine miles.
The new Enviro400EV possesses the same ‘DNA’ as its proven Enviro200EV stablemate albeit with a new chassis and lightweight aluminium double deck bodywork measuring 10.9m in length, 4.3m high and 2.55m wide. Power is delivered via BYD’s fully electrtic drivetrain technology featuring high capacity 382 kWh BYD Iron-Phosphate batteries providing an impressive 160 mile range. The drivetrain features BYD’s innovative wheel-hub-motor – meaning no gearbox, driveshaft or differential componentry.
The new double deck layout specifically for the Metroline order boasts a lower saloon capacity of 24 forward-facing seats and 43 forward-facing seats in the upper saloon – 67 seats in total. A modern exterior retains the traditional design cues of London’s iconic red double-decker albeit with thoroughly modern bodywork courtesy of ADL; the ‘City’ styling features a striking glazed staircase providing aesthetic appeal for passengers, other road users and pedestrians. Further specifcation is to TfL’s exacting standards including a long wheelchair bay and automatic wheelchair ramp at the rear doors.
The new BYD ADL Enviro400EV is built in Britain at ADL’s facility in Scarborough, Yorkshire, using BYD components assembled into a powered chassis built in Europe at BYD’s plant in Komarom, Hungary.