ADL’s Berlin handover
Alexander Dennis Ltd (ADL) has delivered an Enviro500 vehicle for trials with BVG (Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe) in Berlin prior to the German Capital’s planned double decker procurement programme. It joins demonstrators from Scania and VDL in the trials. The Enviro 500 is a 12.9m, two-door, three-axle double decker similar to those now being operated in Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Auckland, New York, Las Vegas, Seattle, Vancouver, Ottawa and Toronto. In the last 18 months, over 2,000 Enviro500s have gone into service, while others are now in the pipeline for new markets, such as Switzerland. Accompanied by British Ambassador, Sebastian Wood, ADL’s CEO, Colin Robertson, formally presented the vehicle to the Berlin Transport Authority (BVG, Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe).
Colin Robertson said, ‘We are delighted to be involved in BVG’s extensive trial programme, which is designed to ensure the right transport resources are in place to meet the future needs of a fast-growing city. As ever, the process forms part of our collaborative approach to engage with customers. Our aim will be to demonstrate the technical capability of our Enviro500 model, the comfort, quality and performance characteristics, while also examining occupancy levels and the flow of passengers between the lower and upper deck. We are also keen to have a more practical understanding of the waiting time between stops and the impact of peak passenger periods. All of these factors, coupled with vital passenger and driver research will enable us to offer the optimum, custom-designed variant, just as we have done in other cities around the world.’
‘I am confident that all parties will learn a great deal from this six-week exercise and that our Enviro500 will perform well, albeit that our ultimate product offering will differ in terms of layout from the North American demonstrator vehicle participating in the actual trial. As I have said on other occasions, this is the start of a journey, not the destination.’