Alexander Dennis Limited and BYD Europe have supplied two electric double-deck buses for Stagecoach in Cambridge in the first use of the zero-emission BYD ADL Enviro400EV in the UK outside London.
Alexander Dennis supplied the electric double-decks to Stagecoach for a project between the operator and the Greater Cambridge Partnership, supporting an improvement in air quality in the city centre of Cambridge and giving the opportunity to inform potential future investment in a zero emission bus fleet.
Passengers on the Citi 6 route in Cambridge are the first in the UK regions to use the BYD/ADL Enviro400EV.
Stagecoach has opted for the 4.2m low-height version of ADL’s City style body, seating up to 70 passengers. The 10.9m long vehicles provide room for a further 13 standees.
“Over the years we have steadily reduced the environmental impact of our diesel buses and now 32 per cent of the fleet have the most efficient Euro 6 engines,” says Michelle Hargreaves, Stagecoach East managing director. “The addition of the electric vehicles is a further step forward in our attempts to keep emissions to a minimum. Over the past decade across the UK, Stagecoach has invested more than £1billion in new greener vehicles and by the end of 2020 it will have one of the biggest electric bus fleets in Europe.”
ADL chief executive Colin Robertson adds: “Double-decks are the backbone of bus services in Britain. The BYD ADL Enviro400EV enables their electrification, having been designed to provide a viable operational range without compromising the passenger experience.
“We are delighted that the Greater Cambridge Partnership and Stagecoach are first in the UK regions to enjoy its benefits and make buses an even more sustainable choice.”