Bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis, (ADL) a subsidiary of the NFI Group, is expanding its zero-emission bus portfolio with the addition of two new electric bus products fully designed and integrated in-house. The two new models, a small bus and double-decker, are expected to be available for customer delivery from late 2023. They will complement the products of ADL’s partnership with Chinese bus-builder BYD, which will continue to be sold and supported.
The move advances Alexander Dennis’s long-established strategy of offering its own integrated vehicles alongside buses built on selected partners’ chassis.
Buses for the United Kingdom and Ireland will be entirely built in Britain.
The BYD ADL Enviro200EV and BYD ADL Enviro400EV buses built in partnership with BYD will continue to be offered in the UK, Ireland and New Zealand. Alexander Dennis’s second-generation hydrogen bus, the Enviro400FCEV, which was fully designed and integrated by Alexander Dennis, shares technology and key driveline components with the upcoming new battery-electric models.
Internationally, the new platform will be tailored to the requirements of customers in each territory. The recently-announced order for Enviro500EV electric double-deckers in Hong Kong will be part of this new generation of zero-emission buses.
“This investment in the latest zero-emission technology gives operators, transport authorities and councils the freedom to choose from an even wider range of buses,” says ADL President and Managing Director Paul Davies. “Throughout this difficult period for our industry we have continued to challenge our engineering team to evolve our range. The result will be a brand-new fully in-house-designed, integrated electric double-deck and small bus product.”
Source: Alexander Dennis