Transdev Blazefield takes delivery of the Enviro400EV

British public transport operator Transdev Blazefield presented its Enviro400EV to shareholders and the public in North Yorkshire, UK. The all-electric buses will go into service for subsidiary The Harrogate Bus Company, serving route 36.

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Transdev Blazefield has ordered a total of 19 electric double-deckers that will be added to the fleet in the coming months. The electric buses built by Alexander Dennis come with a 472 kWh battery. Roof-mounted charging rails allow for a quick charge by pantograph at the Harrogate bus station.

The purchase of the buses was funded through the UK Government’s Zero Emission Bus Regional Areas (ZEBRA) scheme. Transdev, which is an internationally operating and privately-owned public transport provider group, also ordered 20 Mercedes-Benz eCitaro single-deck buses, as the public transport operator looks to electrify its fleet.

The buses will operate on the 27-mile route between Leeds, Harrogate and Ripon, called Route 36. For passenger comfort, the vehicles offer “bespoke flooring, USB and wireless mobile device charging and latest audio-visual passenger information systems including displays facing the two wheelchair bays.”

“I believe that the configuration considered in this bus is the best available and integrates all the latest innovation that we could think of,” says Henri Rohard, Transdev Blazefield Managing Director. “The design has been considered to improve our passenger comfort, safety, and accessibility. We will continue to integrate after the launch, additional features to further boost the quality of our passenger and driver on-board information.”

“Our Enviro400EV is excellently suited to the interurban nature of this service, with our heavy-duty driveline perfectly matched to the requirements of route 36, delivering the power required whilst offering the efficiency needed to comfortably cover high daily mileages,” says Alexander Dennis President & Managing Director, Paul Davies. “We’re combining this with class-leading warrantable energy throughput to ensure these buses will go further for longer, driving value for Transdev through their efficiency and longevity.”


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