Alexander Dennis and BYD Europe have supplied 10 electric double-deck buses to National Express for operation in Coventry, as part of an investment in 29 zero-emission Enviro400EVs.
The new electric buses have entered service in Coventry, linking the city centre and University Hospital.
Built to National Express’s Platinum standard, the 10.9m-long Enviro400EVs offer capacity for up to 65 seated passengers. A heat pump system ensures that saloon heating power is supplied from the main batteries without unduly impacting operational range.
The 382kWh BYD iron-phosphate batteries are maintained by Zenobe Energy, who provides them to the operator along with the charging system at the depot and a software platform to monitor and optimise energy use.
Coventry’s new fleet of 10 electric double deckers follows 19 similar vehicles for Birmingham that ADL supplied earlier in the year.
“Buses are already one of the cleanest ways to travel and as a leading transport operator we are determined to go even further.
“Earlier this year we announced our ambition to have a zero emission bus fleet from 2030, so we’re very proud that National Express is bringing fully electric buses to the people of Coventry,” says David Bradford, managing director, National Express Bus.
“By working together in partnership we are determined to improve bus services and drive down pollution and emissions which contribute to poor air quality and climate change.”
Alexander Dennis president & managing director Paul Davies adds: “We have been able to meet National Express Group’s fleet requirements as it begins the transition from buying diesel to zero emission buses, allowing us to grow our long- standing relationship.
“We look forward to continuing to support National Express as it moves towards the bold target of having a fully zero-emission bus fleet in the West Midlands by 2030.”