90 ADLs for Mexico
Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) will launch Latin America’s first fleet of high capacity, low-floor, low emission double deck buses, by the end of 2016. It is to supply a fleet of 90 Enviro500 three-axle vehicles for Mexico City’s new Line 7. It will run 15km from Indios Verdes to Periférico and is expected to carry over 100,000 passengers per day. The award to ADL follows a successful trial with a demonstrator vehicle in Mexico City during the third quarter of 2014. Metrobús and an independent market research agency analysed the reliability, comfort, quality, performance, occupancy levels, operational features, passenger flow and feedback, with 98% confirming they would like to see Enviro500 buses on the city’s roads.
The Enviro500s will feature an EPA15 engine combined with a lightweight aluminium structure to reduce emissions and improve air quality. They can carry 130 passengers, of which 86 are seated. Passenger flow is optimised with an accessible lower saloon for wheelchair passengers and those with buggies or luggage. ADL’s ‘SQUARE-CASE’ staircase has been engineered for ease of passenger movement to and from the upper saloon. The fleet will have a five year full maintenance agreement, with parts, support, training and diagnostic tools provided by Alexander Dennis Mexico (ADMX).
Chief Executive of ADL, Colin Robertson, said, ‘Our Enviro500 has earned an international reputation as a vehicle that brings a new dimension to transport services through increased ridership, profitability and lower operating costs. The Enviro500 has revolutionised high capacity passenger transport, making us absolute market leader in various global markets including the UK and Hong Kong, as well as forming the backbone of many fleets in international cities across North America, Malaysia, Singapore and New Zealand. Our proving ground is the most congested global cityscapes and our greatest critics are ourselves as we strive to continually innovate. The Enviro500 is acknowledged as being unbeatable in terms of fuel efficiency, reliability and best-in-class whole life costs. We are delighted to be delivering this solution to Mexico City next year.’