Partners Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) and BYD’s UK offshoot have announced plans to assemble the chassis of their electric solo and double-decker buses for the UK market directly at ADL’s British plants from the second half of 2021.
Until now, the chassis for the Enviro200EV and Enviro400EV models have been built by BYD in China and subsequently shipped to ADL for body assembly in the UK. BYD-ADL says the reorganisation of assembly is in response to the growing demand for zero-emission vehicles.
“I am delighted that we are taking our electric bus partnership to the next level and building complete zero-emission buses for the UK market in the UK,” expressed ADL President and CEO Paul Davies. “This ensures that investment in sustainable transport for our towns and cities delivers full economic benefits to communities right across the country.”
The partners have an electric version of the iconic red double-decker bus, the Envrio400EV, and the single-deck Envrio200EV variant is also used by Go Ahead and other bus operators in the UK. The most recent order involved the delivery of 29 electric buses to bus operator National Express for use in the English West Midlands. BYD says that since the partnership began in 2015, the number of electric buses delivered and ordered has risen to more than 500. The company says that BYD-ADL has supplied more than 70 per cent of the electric buses introduced in the UK during that period.