Partnership ADL and BYD supplied 32 BYD ADL Enviro400EV to Stagecoach Manchester at the start of the year, with investment in the £16.5 million.
The project is supported by the Government’s Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme and they are the UK’s largest fleet of zero-emission double deck buses outside the capital.
The clean buses entered service on two high frequency services connecting Manchester city centre, Manchester Airport, five hospitals and two universities just before the coronavirus pandemic led to the first countrywide lockdown.
Stagecoach continued to operate the vehicles throughout this period, deploying them on additional services whenever possible so that further parts of Greater Manchester could benefit from improved air quality thanks to the electric buses’ absence of tailpipe emissions. This operational flexibility has been enabled by the BYD ADL Enviro400EV’s significant range on a single charge, which allows all charging to take place in the depot.