Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) has supplied the first of 29 eBus BYD ADL Enviro400EV double deckers to National Express West Midlands.
Electric vehicle partnership betweek ADL and BYD Europe is the UK’s leading electric bus producer and the fleet will be charged entirely by renewable energy and utilise a stationery battery system to balance the load on the electricity grid.
ADL is a subsidiary of leading independent global bus manufacturer NFI Group Inc., while BYD is a global leader in batteries, energy management and electric mobility.
ADL is helping National Express to take its first major step towards a zero-emission bus fleet with the supply of 29 BYD ADL Enviro400EV electric double deckers.
The 10.9m long buses are built to National Express’s Platinum standard, offering extra legroom for the 65 seated passengers as well as USB chargers, free wi-fi and other amenities. An advanced heat pump system ensures that saloon heating power is supplied efficiently from the main batteries without undue impact on operational range.
The first 19 of these zero-emission buses have now entered service in Birmingham, where the operator’s 80-year old Yardley Wood garage has been retrofitted with plug chargers for each bus along with a stationery battery, provided by Zenobe Energy, that balances the load on the grid.
10 further vehicles will be introduced in Coventry in the autumn. The investment has been supported with a £3 million grant from the UK Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles.
Source: ADL BYD