Go-Ahead orders more electric buses from BYD-ADL for London
The British transport company Go-Ahead has ordered an additional 141 electric buses from its partners BYD and ADL for use in London. That means BYD-ADL will deliver a total of 299 new e-buses to Go-Ahead in the British capital by the end of 2023.
Specifically, these are 169 Enviro400EV double-deckers and 130 Enviro200EV solo buses, according to Alexander Dennis. These 299 vehicles bring the total number of BYD-ADL electric buses in Go-Ahead London’s fleet to 577. All double-deckers will be 10.8 metres long, while the solo buses will be built in three different lengths of 9.6 metres, 10.2 metres and 10.9 metres “suit different route profiles and passenger volumes”.
Go-Ahead thus remains loyal to BYD-ADL’s electric buses. As reported, Alexander Dennis Limited now also offers electric buses of the same name under its own management, which do not rely on the LFP batteries and electric drives of the Chinese manufacturer BYD, but on other supplier components – the electric drive, for example, is supplied by Voith.
However, the BEV buses from BYD-ADL are not the only electric buses in Go-Ahead’s London fleet: At the beginning of July, 20 fuel cell buses from Wrightbus were added to the fleet. In October 2022, Go-Ahead had also ordered 20 electric solo buses from Spanish manufacturer Irizar.
“As the capital’s largest, and most experienced electric bus company, we are in the process of introducing around 300 zero-emission vehicles this year,” says Richard Harrington, Engineering Director of Go-Ahead London. “This pace of innovation would not be possible without dependable industry partners like BYD and Alexander Dennis, who are building these new buses to our exacting specification.”
Frank Thorpe, Managing Director of BYD UK, adds that “it underlines how effectively BYD–Alexander Dennis buses are providing an efficient and reliable solution for operators seeking to introduce more eco-friendly bus services.”