Alexander Dennis will build a new fleet of Enviro500 three-axle double-deckers for use in Berlin by the German capital’s main transport operator, Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG).
The 80-seater Enviro500 will be 13.8 metres long with three doors and two staircases. The first of the new buses are due to arrive in Berlin in 2020.
An initial delivery of two pre-series Alexander Dennis Enviro500s to Berlin has been agreed. After successful tests and trial operation, the acceptance of a minimum of 70 vehicles is guaranteed.
In a further step, BVG’s current plans envisage a fleet of 200 Enviro500 on the streets of Berlin in the near term. The present decision of BVG’s supervisory board allows the order of up to 430 buses from the framework contract. The maximum investment volume is €220 million.
BVG operates around 1,500 buses which last year alone transported 441 million passengers. More than 400 double deckers are used on BVG services in Berlin. This is the largest fleet of its kind in continental Europe and one of the largest in the world.