BYD UK and Alexander Dennis have delivered four 10.2m Enviro200EV electric buses to Nottinghamshire County Council, the first two of which have now entered service in Mansfield. These are the first BYD ADL electric buses in this 10.2m size specification to be delivered to a customer outside of London.
The first two of the four zero-emission pure-electric buses now join the county council’s expanding fleet of ECOconnect buses operated by Stagecoach East Midlands, as part of the council’s commitment to climate change.
It is the second electric bus order from Nottinghamshire County Council, who first successfully introduced two BYD ADL Enviro200EV buses to its fleet in 2018; these were 10.8m in length. Their reliability and efficiency have been the catalyst for this second order for a further four buses, which each have a total capacity for 77 passengers.
In addition to funding from the Department of Transport’s Ultra-Low Emission Bus Scheme, real estate developer Lindhurst Group has contributed towards the running of two of the new buses, which will operate on the Berry Hill Flyer (240) route in Mansfield. This serves the busy new Berry Hill development, sustainably connecting the new community to a variety of key locations in and around the town centre, using pure-electric, zero-emission public transportation. The remaining two electric buses are expected to enter service elsewhere in Nottinghamshire in the new year.
Nottinghamshire County Council leader Ben Bradley MP, says: “I am delighted that we have been able to add more ultra-low emission buses to serve the people of Mansfield and to help reduce our carbon footprint.”
Frank Thorpe, managing director, BYD UK, adds: “This is the first time that we have delivered 10.2m eBuses outside of London, and we are confident they are going to be warmly received by the people of Mansfield. Our electric bus partnership with ADL brings together our strengths in our respective fields and enables us to offer a complete pure-electric solution for public transport; one that is safe, reliable and efficient, while providing a comfortable passenger experience.”