ADL unveils first zero-emission tri-axle decker
Alexander Dennis Ltd (ADL) has unveiled its first zero-emission, tri-axle double-decker.
The Enviro500EV CHARGE is the North American all-electric version of the bus.
The veihcle includes all the usual benefits that come with ADL’s double deck buses, including panoramic views and low floor entry. It also features full independent front suspension for a smoother and more comfortable ride, as well as an integrated electric drive system tailored to the requirements of North American transit agencies.
An electric portal-axle with hub motors is designed to provide fast and efficient propulsion for the Enviro500EV CHARGE with two 125kW peak power output. The drive and auxiliary axles have been switched with power supplied at the third axle, helping ensure optimum weight distribution and high passenger capacity.
A class-leading 648kWh of energy storage is provided by batteries integrated in the chassis and the rear of the vehicle for a low centre of gravity and greater stability. These are fed through industry standard CCS1 charging points available on the left or the right side of the bus. Gantry charging is an option.
The system includes an electric heat pump to provide both heating and cooling, which minimises the amount of energy required and increases range capability of the fully air-conditioned Enviro500EV CHARGE. A stylish new dashboard features an economy gauge and halo colour to immediately give drivers prominent feedback on how economically they are operating the bus.
Like all Alexander Dennis double deckers for North America, the 13.7m Enviro500EV CHARGE offers reclined seating, overhead reading lights and air vents, USB ports, and wifi and multimedia capability. It has 82 seats, including 53 on the upper deck.
“We are very excited by the positive feedback already received from transit agencies” – Paul Davies, ADL President and Managing Director
Paul Davies, ADL President and Managing Director, said: “The Alexander Dennis Enviro family is the world’s best-selling double deck bus of which over 18,000 have been sold around the globe. Today we add a milestone as we unveil our first ever battery electric, three-axle, high-capacity double deck bus. We are very excited by the positive feedback already received from transit agencies who have trialled this vehicle and look forward to delivering zero-emission service with our double decks across North America.”