Electric ADLs arrive in Brighton

Go-Ahead-owned Brighton and Hove Buses has received the first of 24 ADL Enviro400ERs.

These new double-deckers are extended range electric buses and are set to run in zero-emissions mode every time they enter the city’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), a practice called geofencing. The bus also goes into zero-emissions mode whenever it stops.

The first batch of 30 Enviro400ER buses went on the city’s Route 5 in October 2019 and this second group will go on another one of the city’s busiest routes, Route 1. The 24 buses are expected to all be rolled out by the end of November 2020. They are expected to cover 244,000 zero-emissions miles in Brighton & Hove’s ULEZ every year.

So far, the bus company has invested £17.8 million in these 54 buses.

Brighton & Hove Buses’ Managing Director, Martin Harris, said: “These extended range electric buses are the most practical way of achieving no emissions through the city centre and in other sensitive areas. We will use data gathered from the first group of 30 buses to set the next 24 buses to zero emissions over a greater distance beyond the city’s ULEZ.

“They are an important stepping stone to becoming emissions free and they represent a major investment of nearly £18 million in improving air quality for everybody in the city. It’s an investment that underlines our steadfast commitment to making Brighton & Hove a clean air city with zero emissions by 2030.”

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