BYD-ADL delivers 29 double-decker e-buses in London


In the UK, electric bus manufacturer BYD-ADL has supplied 29 BYD ADL Enviro400EV to Abellio London for use on Transport for London (TfL) route 63 between King’s Cross and Honor Oak.

The manufacturer’s electric double-decker Enviro400EV is well known to London streets. BYD-ADL notes that the zero-emission double-decker buses have features that are tailor-made for London transport needs and aimed at making them an even more attractive alternative to car traffic as London recovers from the pandemic.

Louise Cheeseman, TfL’s Director of Buses, said: “As we recover from the pandemic it’s vital that our bus network stays relevant and remains an appealing option. Continuing our dependency on cars, especially for journeys that could easily be made by bus, would be catastrophic for our health and the environment. An ongoing investment pipeline into the capital’s zero-emission buses is not only essential to keep London moving in a sustainable way, it is crucial in supporting green jobs across the UK.”

TfL bus services are provided by private sector franchisees and by licensees, in this case, Abellio London. Jon Eardley, Managing Director, Abellio London, said: “At Abellio London we believe that continued and sustained investment in the capital’s zero-emission fleet is essential to attract more people to use public transport, which in turn promotes other modes of active travel.”

The manufacturing partnership BYD-ADL is a partnership between ADL – a UK-born subsidiary of US bus manufacturer NFI Group Inc. (NFI), and the Chinese vehicle and battery-making giant BYD. Not surprisingly, the buses are equipped with BYD Iron-Phosphate Battery technology which BYD-ADL says enables a longer driving range and optimised battery life. The Chinese company also provides the electric bus chassis, incorporating a ‘6 in one controller’ which the company says integrates the entire ecosystem of the bus for improved reliability.

Louise Cheeseman, TfL’s Director of Buses, said: “We have made significant progress in developing zero-emission buses and with bus safety over the last few years, leading the way for the rest of the UK. Ultimately any evolution of the bus in the capital is focused on the customer. These brand new buses on route 63 show our ambition to enhance the customer offer, bringing together for the first time a suite of new features that improve everything from comfort to journey speeds, and make buses the obvious choice over the car.”



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