China’s BYD and Britain’s Alexander Dennis
Supplying All-Electric Vehicles to UK Transit
China’s BYD and ADL, Britain’s Alexander Dennis Ltd, are talking up deployment of fully battery-electric transit buses in and around London.
BYD is also stepping up its manufacturing and assembly work in Europe.
The BYD ADL partnership said last month that it was selected as the preferred bidder to supply three dozen 10.8-meter (35.4-foot) Enviro200EV battery buses to RATP Dev London, an operator of nearly 1,200 buses on 70 bus routes.
The Enviro200EV vehicles are for the company’s London United division.
95 Total for Go-Ahead London
Last week BYD ADL reported a third order from Go-Ahead London for 30 additional 10.8-meter Enviro200EVs: 11 to enter service in February and a further 19 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,” states a release.
The new order brings the Go-Ahead London order total to 95 BYD ADL pure electric buses based at three.
‘Day In, Day Out’
“Go-Ahead London’s initial fleet of 51 has been in operation for almost ten months now, operating reliably and effectively day in, day out,” BYD Europe managing director Isbrand Ho says in last week’s announcement.
“No further trials are necessary,” he said: “These products deliver outstanding efficiency and environmental benefits today and we are optimistic of further significant orders.”
‘There Can Be No Excuses Now’
“There can be no excuses now,” said ADL group commercial and business development director Robert Davey.
“Faced with the air quality crisis, city transport authorities and operators across the UK can confidently order the BYD ADL Enviro200EV at whatever length suits them secure in the knowledge that our product works well and can replace diesel buses without operational compromises.”
France and Hungary
BYD said in March that it was investing 10 million euros (currently some $11.7 million U.S.) in an in and electric bus assembly facility in France.
The company followed up in April with word that it has opened an electric bus factory in Hungary, targeting output of 400 battery buses per year.
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Source: BYD-ADL with Fleets & Fuels follow-up