Alexander Dennis and BYD UK have signed a framework agreement with the National Transport Authority of Ireland for the delivery of up to 200 BYD ADL Enviro200EV zero emission battery-electric buses. An initial firm order for 45 buses was agreed at the same time, with delivery commencing in 2022.
The single supplier framework agreement with the NTA will run for up to five years and covers the delivery of single-deck long-length battery-electric buses. ADL is primary contractor for the BYD ADL partnership’s first contract in Ireland as well as the largest order for zero emission buses in the country to date.
ADL’s body engineers have worked with their colleagues at BYD to tailor the BYD ADL Enviro200EV to the specific needs of the NTA and its operators. This has resulted in a vehicle that will be 12m long and can be specified in several configurations to suit different operational requirements, including a version with two doorways, a wheelchair space and a dedicated area for the accommodation of at least one unfolded pram, pushchair or buggy.
The first 45 buses are expected to commence delivery in 2022 for services in Athlone and the Dublin metropolitan area.
Anne Graham, National Transport Authority CEO says: “Over the next five years we are planning a major increase in the number of low- and zero-emission urban buses in operation on the Transport For Ireland network across the country. The fleet ordered today represents the best mix of cutting edge electric technology, proven reliability, accessibility and comfort for all passengers who use TFI bus services.”
Paul Davies, ADL president and managing director, adds: “This new agreement for up to 200 zero emission buses is further testament to our customer focus which is exemplified in our ability to tailor vehicle specifications to operational requirements. Together with our existing agreement for up to 600 zero emission capable Enviro400ER plug-in hybrid buses, we are honoured to be playing a key role in the roll-out of zero emission mobility in Ireland.”