LONDON – BYD said in a statement on July 23 that Metroline has become the latest London operator to win a tender from Transport for London (TfL) to operate electric buses on a central London route, and has chosen the partnership between BYD and Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) to supply 23 of its 10.8m single decker buses.
The new buses, due for delivery in Summer 2018, will be based at Metroline’s Hollowaygarage 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.
“As the operator that launched the world’s first all-electric, zero emission double decker bus service in London last year, Metroline is pleased to be able to follow this with an additional 23 single deck models to serve Route 46,” said Sean O’Shea, COO of Metroline. “This is a significant step, and this investment further underscores our determination to lead the industry as well as our commitment to our customers and Transport for London to deliver the very best service possible.”
“We are delighted that Metroline has joined the growing circle of TfL operators choosing British-built buses from BYD ADL. We are confident that, as elsewhere in London, this fleet will prove efficient and reliable in service,” said Isbrand Ho, managing director of BYD Europe.
“Our joint ADL BYD design is attractive to operators and passengers alike – there are substantial fuel cost savings to be made and passengers enjoy the stylish and comfortable bodies and the zero emissions. It’s a win-win product,” said Robert Davey, Group Commercial & International Business Development Director at ADL.
Just three days earlier, ADL BYD secured a third order from Go-Ahead London for a total of 30 BYD ADL Enviro200EV 10.8-m models.