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ADL presents triple-axle, double decker bus for North America


The UK-based Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL), a subsidiary of NFI Group (NFI), unveiled its first all-electric three-axle double-deck bus for North America. Following trials with select transit operators, the vehicle is now launching on the broader North American markets.

The 45-foot Enviro500EV CHARGE has a passenger capacity of up to 82 seats, including 53 on the upper deck. An electric portal axle with hub motors provides propulsion with 2×125kW peak power output.

The battery capacity of the Enviro500EV Charge stands at 648 kWh of energy storage integrated “in the chassis and the rear of the vehicle for a low centre of gravity and great stability”. Charging can be done via industry-standard CCS1 charging points available on the left or the right side of the bus. Gantry charging via overhead lines is also an option.

“The Alexander Dennis Enviro family is the world’s best-selling double-deck bus of which over 18,000 have been sold around the globe. Today we add a milestone as we unveil our first-ever battery-electric, three-axle, high-capacity double-deck bus,”, said Paul Davies, ADL President and Managing Director, before adding: “We are very excited by the positive feedback already received from transit agencies who have trialled this vehicle and look forward to delivering zero-emission service with our double decks across North America.”


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