Alexander Dennis Limited and BYD have delivered the 1000th zero-emission bus resulting from their manufacturing partnership. The latest BYD ADL Enviro400EV double decker was part-funded by the Scottish Government and handed over to Stagecoach Bluebird in Aberdeen during Scottish Bus Week.
Sales of the British-built BYD ADL Enviro200EV single-deck and Enviro400EV double-deck have accelerated rapidly as the transition to zero-emission mobility gathers pace in the UK. While it took five years to reach the 500th BYD ADL electric bus, the partnership has now delivered its 1000th vehicle just a year later.
The latest delivery is the final one in a batch of 22 BYD ADL Enviro400EVs which Stagecoach bought for services in Aberdeen with financial support from the Scottish Ultra-Low Emission Bus Scheme. Stagecoach has since confirmed an order for an additional 13 electric buses of the same type for Aberdeen following the award of funding through the Scottish Government’s follow-on scheme, the Zero-Emission Bus Challenge Fund.
Peter Knight, managing director, Stagecoach Bluebird, says: “We are all really excited to be sharing BYD ADL’s celebration of delivering its 1000th fully electric bus. Introducing these new vehicles reflects the investment both we and Scottish Government are making thanks to the Scottish Ultra-Low Emission Bus Scheme and the funding made available to support the delivery of the new buses.
“There has never been a more important time to take action to address the climate emergency and play a part in helping Scotland deliver on its net zero ambitions whilst improving local air quality in Aberdeen.”
Frank Thorpe, managing director, BYD UK, adds: “This momentous handover to Stagecoach Aberdeen underlines how BYD ADL electric buses are becoming ‘the eBus brand of choice’ for many operators, as a result of our combined specialist expertise and world-leading technology.”