SHENZHEN – Chinese leading electric bus maker BYD and Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL), one of Europe’s fastest growing bus and coach builders, reached a £19 million deal on July 29 to build zero-emission, single deck buses for London public transport, according to a BYD news release.
The move follows confirmation by the city’s bus operator Go-Ahead London that it will introduce 51 pure electric buses on routes 507 and 521, which operate between Waterloo and Victoria.
This will also be the single largest fleet of full size electric buses in Europe. The vehicles will be built on BYD chassis and powered by BYD’s electric drivetrain. All the 51 buses will be bodied by ADL, incorporating their market-leading Enviro200-like midi bus design. Go-Ahead London said that it expects to introduce all the 51 new vehicles into service by August 27, 2016.
The deal includes a full on-site repair and maintenance program and combines the strengths of ADL’s Enviro200 12-meter single deck (with 18,000 units sold worldwide) and BYD’s own design of iron-phosphate battery technology and drivetrain system.
Both BYD and ADL see this latest development as a major step towards bus operations in the UK and around the world.
“Working together with our partners and friends at ADL, we can provide a truly optimized blend of expertise,” said Isbrand Ho, managing director of BYD Europe. “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.”
“Technology is at the forefront of everything we do and this unique alliance with BYD represents a quantum leap into the future,” said Colin Robertson, CEO of ADL. “Our combined strengths and, critically, the unified aftermarket support we are putting in place to support Go-Ahead London in the long-term, represent a fundamental of our combined business philosophy. The backing of Go-Ahead – in the form of this £19 million 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.”