BYD, ADL Continue Electric Bus Rollout in London


BYD and ADL have secured a third order from Go-Ahead London for a total of 30 of its BYD ADL Enviro200EV models.

According to BYD, 11 of the buses will operate on Transport for London’s (TfL) route 153 starting in February 2018. Another 19 electric buses will operate route 214 starting in August 2019.

As reported, all of the EVs will be based at Go-Ahead London’s Northumberland Park in North London, which will be equipped with BYD-supplied charging equipment.

BYD says that this new order means Go-Ahead London will have a total of 95 BYD ADL pure electric buses in service, based at three depots – Waterloo, Camberwell and Northumberland Park.

This news follows closely on the heels of London United’s announcement for the order of 36 ADL BYD electric buses. The BYD ADL partnership anticipates further orders as other TfL tenders are awarded.

Richard Harrington, engineering director at Go-Ahead Group, says, “We are, without doubt, the pre-eminent operator of electric buses in London and have accrued significant experience of their operation. The fact is that the BYD ADL products have proved themselves capable of replacing diesel buses without any operational impact in terms of daily scheduling. Careful planning of the depot recharge facilities and infrastructure is of course necessary, but we have no need to use any opportunity charging.”

Isbrand Ho, managing director of BYD Europe, comments, “The strength of the combined BYD ADL offer is now clear for all to see. Go-Ahead London’s initial fleet of 51 has been in operation for almost 10 months now, operating reliably and effectively day in, day out. No further trials are necessary – these products deliver outstanding efficiency and environmental benefits today, and we are optimistic of further significant orders.”

Robert Davey, ADL’s Group commercial and business development director, adds, “There can be no excuses now. Faced with the air quality crisis, city transport authorities and operators across the U.K. can confidently order the BYD ADL Enviro200EV at whatever length suits them secure in the knowledge that our product works well and can replace diesel buses without operational compromises.”


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