ADL adding in-house designed electric buses
Alexander Dennis Ltd (ADL) is to add new electric bus products fully designed and integrated in-house using its own expertise to its portfolio. Available for customer delivery from late 2023, a new small bus and a new electric double-decker will complement the BYD ADL electric buses in its range, which will continue to be sold and supported.
The move brings ADL’s range of battery electric buses in line with the company’s long-established strategy of offering its own, integrated vehicles alongside buses built on selected partners’ chassis.
These new vehicles will feature a new design language, which has been developed in house by one of the manufacturer’s industrial designers with input from students of Coventry University’s Automotive and Transport Design course. ADL says the new design will give the new models ‘unmistakable kerb appeal’ and will highlight their zero-emission credentials, ‘allowing operators to make a bold statement that both underlines and showcases their clean transport investment’.
Buses for the United Kingdom and Ireland will be fully built in Britain. Details and technical specifications will be released over the coming months.
Internationally, the new platform will be tailored to the requirements of cities, transport authorities and bus companies 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.
The battery electric BYD ADL Enviro200EV and BYD ADL Enviro400EV products 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, will also continue to be part of the company’s zero-emission bus range and will be delivered to launch customer Liverpool City Region later this year. Already fully designed and integrated by Alexander Dennis, it shares technology and key driveline components with the upcoming new battery-electric models.
“Alexander Dennis continues to lead the transition to zero-emission mobility and this unparalleled investment in the latest zero-emission technology gives operators, transport authorities and councils the freedom to choose from an even wider range of buses” – President & Managing Director, Paul Davies
President & Managing Director, Paul Davies, said: “Alexander Dennis continues to lead the transition to zero-emission mobility and this unparalleled investment in the latest zero-emission technology gives operators, transport authorities and councils the freedom to choose from an even wider range of buses. We have always been highly respected for our product innovation, and 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 giving our customers access to the latest zero-emission vehicle technology from a single, trusted source. Investments can be made safe in the knowledge that everything will continue to receive the first-class aftermarket support that we are renowned for.”