Alexander Dennis (ADL) has named Stagecoach as the first customer for its newly launched Enviro100EV bus.
The Scottish Government’s ScotZEB challenge fund has supported the purchase of 20 units, with production already underway and deliveries expected in the first half of 2024. The buses are expected to be deployed across Stagecoach operating companies in Scotland.
The Enviro100EV is just 8.5m long and 2.35m wide, and offers seating for up to 25 passengers. Alongside its compact dimensions, ADL promises a class-leading range of up to 285 miles, thanks to an advanced Voith 354kW/h battery system developed in collaboration with Impact Clean Power Technology.
Sam Greer, Chief Operating Officer for Stagecoach, highlights the significance of the acquisition: “Acquiring the new Enviro100EV reaffirms our commitment to our customers’ experience while also bringing us a step closer to realising our goal of being fully net zero by 2050. As a part of the fabric of daily life in the UK, we will continue to build on our work to tackle climate change and become more energy efficient. Having been involved with these battery-electric buses from the concept phase, we are sure they will establish themselves as a long-serving staple of the Stagecoach fleet.”
Paul Davies, Alexander Dennis President and Managing Director, adds: “We’re delighted to have Stagecoach on board as the launch customer for our Enviro100EV ‘big small bus’. We really valued its input as we worked closely with it through the concept phase. These next-generation electric buses will be versatile assets for Stagecoach, their expansive range and diminutive road footprint making them equally suited to narrow town streets as winding country lanes.
“It’s a significant technical challenge packaging 354kW/h of battery capacity and up to 285 miles of range into such a small vehicle, but our engineers have pulled out the Top Trump card once again. The Enviro100EV is best-in-class by some distance and with its future-proof battery system and the next generation of aftermarket support from AD24, this new fleet of small buses is destined to enjoy long, productive working lives in the Stagecoach fleet.”