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July 11 2017
By Mel Holley

Mel is the Editor at routeONE magazine. He has more than 30 years’ experience in road and rail transport journalism.

London’s latest electric bus
order brings 100 mark in sight

The ADL/BYD electric bus partnership has secured a third order from Go-Ahead London - for a total of 30 of its BYD ADL Enviro200EV 10.8m models.

Eleven of the buses will operate on Transport for London's route 153 from February 2018.

A further 19 electric buses will operate route 214 from August 2019.

All will be based at Go-Ahead London's Northumberland Park in North London which will be equipped with BYD-supplied charging equipment.

The new order means that Go-Ahead London will have in service a total of 95 BYD ADL pure electric buses based at three depots - Waterloo, Camberwell and Northumberland Park.

Tuesday’s announcement follows the news last month that another TfL operator, London United - part of RATP Dev, has ordered 36 ADL BYD electric buses.

The BYD ADL partnership anticipates further orders imminently as other TfL tenders are awarded.

Richard Harrington, Engineering Director at Go-Ahead Group, said: “We are without doubt the pre-eminent operator of electric buses in London and have accrued significant experience of their operation.

“The fact is that the BYD ADL products have proved themselves capable of replacing diesel buses without any operational impact in terms of daily scheduling. Careful planning of the depot recharge facilities and infrastructure is of course necessary but we have no need to use any opportunity charging.”

Isbrand Ho, Managing Director BYD Europe, says: “The strength of the combined BYD ADL offer is now clear for all to see.

“Go-Ahead London's initial fleet of 51 has been in operation for almost 10 months now, operating reliably and effectively day in, day out.

“No further trials are necessary - these products deliver outstanding efficiency and environmental benefits today and we are optimistic of further significant orders.”

Robert Davey, ADL's Group Commercial and Business Development Director, commented: “There can be no excuses now. Faced with the air quality crisis, city transport authorities and operators across the UK can confidently order the BYD ADL Enviro200EV at whatever length suits them secure in the knowledge that our product works well and can replace diesel buses without operational compromises.”

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