First West Yorkshire orders five ZE buses for new Leeds park and ride

BYD ADL Enviro400 10.3m

First West Yorkshire has ordered five BYD Alexander Dennis (ADL) Enviro400EV battery-electric double-deckers for a new park and ride set to launch in Leeds later this year.

The 10.8m models are part of a £71m investment into low- and zero-emission (ZE) buses by First West Yorkshire. Each is equipped with 69 seats for a maximum capacity of 75 passengers. Interior heating and cooling is controlled via zero-emission heat pump technology.

Charging infrastructure was installed last year at First’s Hunslet Park depot in Leeds, where the buses will be based. They will operate on a single overnight charge and are estimated to reduce carbon emissions by up to 45% compared to a Euro VI diesel.

“I’m delighted to confirm this latest vehicle order which continues our strong relationship with ADL,” says Engineering Director for First West Yorkshire Simon Carlisle. “It is also further evidence of our commitment to develop a ZE fleet in the years ahead and play our role in creating cleaner air in Leeds and other towns and cities in the region.”

Adds Martin Brailey, ADL UK Sales Director for Major Bus Groups: “Our British-built double deck electric bus is the state-of-the-art solution for cleaner transport in our cities.

“We are delighted to continue to support First Bus in its response to the twin challenges of air pollution and the climate emergency, and we know passengers and residents in Leeds will love the smooth and quiet ride of their new buses.”