London’s route 94 has switched to electric power with the delivery of 29 BYD ADL Enviro400EV double-decks. The vehicles have gone into service with RATP Dev subsidiary London United.
Route 94 provides a 24-hour service for West London residents, from Acton Green to Piccadilly Circus via Westfield, Notting Hill and Oxford Street. With an overall 67-seat capacity (24 in lower saloon, 43 in upper saloon), the 10.9m BYD ADL Enviro400EV boasts up to 160 miles on a single charge. Power is delivered through BYD’s pure-electric drivetrain comprising the electric motor and 382kWh iron-phosphate batteries. The bodywork from ADL includes a glazed staircase, long wheelchair bay and an automatic wheelchair ramp at the rear doors.
This latest delivery from the BYD ADL Partnership sees the total number of its electric buses in service climb to 269, including 200 BYD ADL Enviro200EV single-decks. The new vehicles are also fitted with the new Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System which generates sound at speeds below 12mph to alert pedestrians and vulnerable road users.
“These new buses will support TfL and London’s strategy for a greener city. It is the second step in our garage network electrification strategy,” says Catherine Chardon, managing director, RATP Dev London.
Mehdi Sinaceur, chairman, RATP Dev UK, adds: “Electrification is one of the key transformations that RATP Dev is helping our London companies with, leveraging our group experience”.
Frank Thorpe, managing director at BYD (UK), says: “Today, we have 234 BYD ADL electric buses operating in the capital – we’re delivering a cleaner London. RATP Dev is one of the city’s main Transport for London operators, and a 29-vehicle delivery is not only a ringing endorsement for emissions-free mobility for the people of London, but also for the BYD ADL partnership and its combination of world-renowned electro-mobility technology and British manufacturing ingenuity.”