Alexander Dennis has announced a supply agreement to bring a range of zero emission buses to the Australian market. Under the agreement, Nexport, an Australian-owned supplier and producer of electric buses, will assemble bodies from the Enviro family on BYD chassis for the local market. Nexport will also lead the customer sales and service relationship.
The supply agreement will bring a range of new locally-assembled electric bus products, providing bus types that are currently not available to local bus operators in Australia. The first of the range released will include a 9.7m electric city bus as well as 11.6m and 12.5m models. The first buses are targeted to be on the road in early 2022 with volume production to be underway by the end of that year.
Paul Soubry, president and chief executive officer of ADL parent company NFI, says: “We continue to look for innovative ways to lead the evolution to zero-emission mobility around the world and this strategic partnership between ADL and Nexport will help further support that evolution in the southern hemisphere. Our electric buses and coaches have seen strong growth in numerous markets and through this partnership, our electric vehicles will now be available in five countries, with plans for further geographic expansion in the near future through ADL.”
Paul Davies, president and managing director, ADL, adds: “We are delighted to be partnering with Nexport in the Australian market as we believe that our globally-renowned buses can help deliver the country’s decarbonisation agenda. This agreement with Nexport fits perfectly with our model of manufacturing close to our customers, supporting highly skilled local jobs and developing skills in green technology while adding value to local economies”.