BYD Scores Europe’s Largest Electric Bus Fleet Order
51 electric buses for the 507 and 521 bus routes in London will be delivered jointly by BYD and ADL for £19 million ($30 million) including a full on-site repair and maintenance program for the term of the contract.
This is so far the largest single order for e buses in Europe, announced earlier by Transport for London, and delivery is expected by 27 August next year.
To secure the order, BYD entered into cooperation with British ADL (Alexander Dennis Limited). Both companies will develop and deliver a new bus model incorporating BYD chassis, and electric drivetrain with the Enviro200 body (picture above).
Sound like a win-win, especially since Enviro200, with 18,000 units sold worldwide, is much more refined.
“BYD, the world’s largest maker of pure electric buses – and Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL), Europe’s fastest growing bus and coach builder – have formed a powerful new alliance and confirmed a £19 million deal today that will see the introduction of London’s first large-scale, zero-emission, single deck bus fleet.
The move follows confirmation by Go-Ahead London that they are to introduce 51 emission-free, pure electric buses on routes 507 and 521, which operate between Waterloo and Victoria.
The vehicles will be built on BYD chassis and powered by BYD’s technology-leading electric drivetrain. All 51 buses will be bodied by ADL, incorporating their market-leading Enviro200-like midi bus design. The Enviro200 is the world’s best-selling midi bus and renowned for its lightweight, easy access, manoeuvrability and fuel efficiency.”
Isbrand Ho, Managing Director of BYD Europe, said:
“Working together with our partners and friends at ADL we can provide a truly optimised blend of expertise. Our deep experience of not only battery technology but the critical battery management systems and driveline components necessary to deliver unequalled range and reliability are matched to ADL’s strong track record in building low weight, attractive and durable buses. This combination will deliver a unique vehicle which we believe will have a strong appeal in London and elsewhere in the UK.”
Colin Robertson, CEO of ADL, commented:
“Technology is at the forefront of everything we do and this unique alliance with BYD represents a quantum leap into the future. Our combined strengths and, critically, the unified aftermarket support we are putting in place to support Go-Ahead London in the long-term, represents a fundamental of our combined business philosophy. The backing of Go-Ahead – in the form of this £19m contract – is a huge confidence booster and we are delighted to have emerged alongside BYD as the preferred bidder in what was a highly competitive process involving a raft of global competitors. I see this new initiative as a major turning point for ADL and our new technology partner, BYD.”
Richard Harrington, Engineering Director of Go-Ahead London, commented:
“We are delighted to have placed this order with BYD and have every confidence that along with ADL they will deliver exactly what they promise, that is, the world’s most advanced, zero-emission, pure electric bus fleet – and one that will match the rigorous demands of the London operating environment. Go-Ahead is constantly striving to stay at the forefront of technology and to make a major contribution in the reduction of emissions and pollutants. This is a considerable step towards a cleaner, greener London bus fleet.”