Over 2 Months, BYD Wins Almost 100 Electric Bus Orders In London

6 months ago by Mark Kane 15

BYD ADL Enviro200EV 10.8m

BYD and ADL haven’t been resting this summer, instead they have secured orders for nearly 100 electric buses in London – a huge result to be sure.

The BYD – Alexander Dennis 12m Electric Bus

The first win was for 36 BYD ADL Enviro200EV 10.8m beses in mid-June, and in July, BYD had two more wins:

  • 30 for Go-Ahead London
  • 23 for Metroline

In total, that’s already 89 ebuses ordered in London within two months.

With more tenders to come, it’s possible for BYD to cross the 100 mark (for one city, in one year) for the very first time in Europe.

About Go-Ahead London order:

“Eleven of the buses will operate on Transport for London’s route 153 from February 2018 A further 19 electric buses will operate route 214 from August 2019. All will be based at Go-Ahead London’s Northumberland Park in North London which will be equipped with BYD supplied charging equipment.

The new order means that Go-Ahead London will have in service a total of 95 BYD ADL pure electric buses based at three depots – Waterloo, Camberwell and Northumberland Park.”

Richard Harrington, Engineering Director at Go-Ahead Group, said:

“We are without doubt the pre-eminent operator of electric buses in London and have accrued significant experience of their operation. The fact is that the BYD ADL products have proved themselves capable of replacing diesel buses without any operational impact in terms of daily scheduling. Careful planning of the depot recharge facilities and infrastructure is of course necessary but we have no need to use any opportunity charging”.

Isbrand Ho, Managing Director BYD Europe, said:

“The strength of the combined BYD ADL offer is now clear for all to see. Go-Ahead London’s initial fleet of 51 has been in operation for almost 10 months now, operating reliably and effecti vely day in, day out. No further trials are necessary – these products deli ver outstanding efficiency and environmental benefits today and we are optimistic of further significant orders”.

Robert Davey, ADL’s Group Commercial and Business Development Director, commented:

“There can be no excuses now. Faced with the air quality crisis, city transport authorities and operators across the UK can confidently order the BYD ADL Envi ro200EV at whatever length suits them secure in the knowledge that our product works well and can replace diesel buses without operational compromises.”

About Metroline order:

BYD ADL Enviro200EV

“Metroline is the latest London operator to win a tender from TfL to operate electric buses on a central London route and has chosen the ADL BYD partnership to supply 23 of its 10.8m single decker model.

The new buses, due for delivery in Summer 2018, will be based at Metroline’s Holloway garage in north London to operate on Route 46 from Lancaster Gate station to St Bartholomew’s Hospital. BYD will supply charging equipment at Holloway and, in association with SSE, work with Metroline on related infrastructure.

Metroline has been operating five BYD pure electric double deckers, the world’s first, on Route 98 since May 2016. The buses, built in China and unveiled during Chinese President Xi’s historic visit to Britain in 2015, are pre-production pilot models which have proved that electric technology works on double as well as single deck buses.”


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15 responses to "Over 2 Months, BYD Wins Almost 100 Electric Bus Orders In London"

  1. Assaf says:

    Does BYD already have a plant in Europe like they have in California?

    1. Foberen says:

      There is one in Komárom, Hungary. I work next to that plant. They officially opened it more then 3 monts ago…they haven’t assembled a single bus yet.

      1. Just_Chris says:

        For London’s single deckers I believe BYD supply the drive train and ADL make the bus in the UK.

  2. speculawyer says:

    If we can convert to electric BUSES, surely we can convert light-duty cars to electricity.

    I guess buses have slow stop & go routes. But they still drive a lot of miles over the day.

    1. john Doe says:

      There are a lot of different light duty cars coming, and several that is under testing.
      But it takes a looong time, and they’re not usefull for everybody due to short range.
      I think the manufacturers makes short range vehicles for two reasons. They will cut into the ICE profit, and the maintenance profit will be less too.

      They have not invested enough in EV production capacity (even though I know of one brand that is about to invest in equipment now, and one that is in talks of design and cost. The last one will probably make cars under 3 brands, because they cooperate on vans).
      I think there will be more news about that before Christmas. They are in discussion with a Korean battery manufacturer too.
      The first of these companies will have a minor redesign of an existing van (that is not for sale yet. . so the redesign will probably not be ready for at lest two years. The other one, is also a redesign – but is supposed to be a much more advanced and expensive redesign involving a new chassis. The van will on the outside look very similar to the existing model.
      With the right seat configuration I might be interesten in that one.. given enough range, and be able to tow a trailer.
      Representatives from Dana and LuK was seen there too. If they’re supplying parts to this project or not is not known.

      The electic busses that is under use and testing in Norway has been more expensive to run then a regular diesel bus, so far. I’m not quite sure why. I think they’re not able to run as many hours as a regular diesel or LNG bus.

      There are several ways they plan to make busses. Volvo, Scania and others have trolley busses and trucks under testing.

      They have wireless charging under testing, and they have a pantograf over several bus stops, and the short stops are supposed to give enough energy to get to the next stop. Smaller batteries are cheaper to install, and they are cheaper to replace.
      There are also systems under testing that is previously only used on electric ferrys, with 300kWh chargers and more.

      In Germany they have an e-Highway with electric lines over the right lane, so busses and trucks can use electricity when on this road. This is still under testing.
      Life, cost, maintenance,payment.. there are many things that needs to be solved.

      The truck will sence, and automatically raise the pantograph when under the powerlines.

      It is the same system from Siemens that they have in Sweden (but the German one is longer).
      This must be expensive to install..

  3. Gazz says:

    London has to much money. I can’t think of any other UK city with an electric bus route or underground line.

    1. David says:

      Nottingham has 58 electric busses in service.

      1. Just_Chris says:

        In 2016 there were over 100,000 electric buses sold in China – https://cleantechnica.com/2017/02/03/china-100-electric-bus-sales-grew-115700-2016/ .

        170 electric buses in London is a good start but they need to increase the rate of deployment. Electric buses make a lot of sense and if the route is right work out cheaper (TCO) than the diesel equivalent.

  4. Elooney Muskey says:

    Don’t tell this to the Tesla fanboys. They will turn green.

    1. Mark.ca says:

      Yes, because the S could be used as a bus in London….what the hell is wrong with you?

      1. Elooney Muskey says:

        Tesla autonomous bussosaurus! A platoon of 20 electric buses driving through London tunnels exquisitely carved by beautiful boring machines from TBC! Fanboys can dram, can’t they?
        This news will make them very jealous.

        1. Just_Chris says:

          I think what you are talking about is the Docklands light railway – 145 unmanned electric trains operating on their own dedicated network.

  5. Get Real says:

    He’s a troll.

    Hey Looney Tunes, did you know that Tesla is making an electric Semi Truck–that should make your head explode!

  6. shon says:

    oil demand is dropping very fast in the world! oil companies shpuld start worry very much!