ADL launching Enviro400H City
A new version of ADL’s Enviro400H hybrid double decker is to be unveiled at Coach & Bus Live at the NEC on 30 September. According to ADL, it will be more fuel efficient, generate fewer emissions and be more competitively priced than any vehicle in its class. It will initially go into service in London, backed by a multi-million pound order that will see 19 purchased by Arriva enter service on route 78 in the capital by November.
Arriva to be first to take new design
Branded as the Enviro400H City, the new two door bus builds upon the Enviro400 MMC (major model change) that was introduced in spring last year. The latter vehicle was developed over a three year period in conjunction with dozens of operators, drivers, suppliers and transport organisations. It was hailed at its launch as the bus ‘designed by the industry for the industry’.
The Enviro400H City ‘brings together elegance and practicality’ and its ‘contemporary’ new look features a ‘raft of sophisticated, yet pragmatic’ design solutions. The 10.4m Enviro400H City will be capable of carrying 90 passengers and will be powered by the Cummins four-cylinder, 4.5litre iSBe engine. It will also have BAE Hybridrive technology with the latest generation Lithium-ion battery technology. Having been in development for approximately 12 months, it is now available to order.
CEO of ADL, Colin Robertson, said, ‘This is a spectacular, new look vehicle that will bring a further dimension to transport in the suburbs and the city centre of London. It builds on the ‘London look’ with a glazed stairwell, wrap over rear saloon windscreen and a series of unique design features that reduce solar gain. Significantly, it also represents an evolution of Britain’s best selling hybrid bus, our Enviro400 double deck, which has a reputation second to none for fuel economy, reduced emissions, reliability and all-round performance, hence the reason that 850 ADL hybrids are already in operation in towns and cities across the UK.’
Commercial Director at Arriva London, Peter Batty, said, ‘We are delighted to be working with ADL and Transport for London on this project. The new look is stunning and brings together a whole range of passenger and driver advantages, including a wrap-around front windscreen and glazed stairwell.’
ADL Group Corporate Affairs Director, Bill Simpson, said, ‘The new Enviro400H City should make a significant impact in the industry. It now gives customers a further option and the two door variant can easily become a single door if required. It’s an attractive package.’