The first five BYD ADL Enviro400EV double deckers have entered service on Metroline’s 9-mile route 43, operating out of Holloway Bus Garage.
”The launch of the new electric buses on route 43 is a triumph for both Metroline and for London,” says Adrian Jones, engineering director, Metroline. “Providing a new challenge for Metroline’s engineering teams, we worked closely with engineers at BYD and ADL to develop these new buses, using what we learnt from our trials with their prototypes. As a result, they are perfectly designed to deliver Londoners to their destinations, whilst helping to keep London’s air cleaner with zero-emissions.”
The new Enviro400EV has a new chassis and lightweight aluminium double-deck bodywork at 10.9m long and 4.3m high. BYD says its 382kWh iron-phosphate batteries provide a 160-mile range.
The double-deck layout has been designed specifically for Metroline with a lower saloon capacity of 24 forward-facing seats and 43 forward-facing seats in the upper saloon – 67 seats in total. The bodywork utilises ADL’s ‘City’ styling and has a glazed staircase, long wheelchair bay and automatic wheelchair ramp at the rear doors.
“London’s red double-decker bus is a true symbol of the city and an iconic vehicle known around the world,” says BYD Europe managing director Isbrand Ho. “The BYD ADL Enviro400EV retains the soul of the London double-decker bus, brought up-to-date by embracing 21st century technology that is 100 per cent emission free and operationally ultra-efficient good news for Metroline, and good news for the people of London.”
ADL Chief Executive, Colin Robertson, adds: “Since it began in 2015, the collaboration with BYD has gone from strength to strength – our best-selling Enviro200EV single deck buses hit a landmark two million miles of zero emissions service earlier this year and we are delighted to see the relationship evolve with the first BYD ADL pure electric double-decks now on the streets of London. We’re confident the Enviro400EV can emulate the success of its single deck equivalent, delivering cleaner air, less noise pollution and extreme passenger comfort for all.”
The BYD ADL Enviro400EV is built at ADL’s facility in Scarborough with BYD supplying the chassis from its plant in Komarom, Hungary.