Alexander Dennis (ADL) and partner BYD UK have announced they are to introduce a shorter-wheelbase version of the BYD ADL Enviro400EV battery-electric double-decker.
The model will measure 10.3m in length, built on a new 5.4m wheelbase. It is 50cm shorter than the standard 10.8m Enviro400EV launched in 2019.
BYD’s UK research and development team has taken responsibility for the new chassis, and says it has ensured that battery placement retains “optimum weight distribution” while giving enough power for a full day’s operation.
Says Paul Davies, ADL President and Managing Director: “The new, short-wheelbase option for our electric double decker further ensures operators can rely on us to deliver the buses they need, tailored to their requirements and backed up with best-in-class aftermarket support.
“As bus companies across the United Kingdom make the switch to electric buses with support from national and local government, the BYD ADL partnership is preparing to ‘Build it in Britain’ with complete assembly of electric buses in our facilities here in the country, where it will benefit our local communities, develop skills and secure jobs here in the UK.”
Adds Managing Director at BYD UK Frank Thorpe: “The new 10.3m model offers a no-compromise specification for public transport operators with high passenger volumes on congested and restricted route profiles. Above all, the BYD ADL Enviro400EV provides passengers with a very safe, quiet, comfortable and emissions-free public transport solution.
“This latest double deck model demonstrates the close collaboration between BYD and ADL in the UK, and our ability to develop vehicles which meet demands of more and more operators wishing to transition to electrification.”
The company says a demonstrator of the 10.3m Enviro400EV will be available in the second half of 2021 for operators to trial.