31 Oct 2015

ALEXANDER DENNIS AND BYD ALL-ELECTRIC DOUBLE DECKER BUS READY FOR SERVICE

Chinese President Xi Jinping took time out from his historic State visit to London in October, to view the pure-electric, double-decker bus making its world premiere appearance in London. Escorted by BYD's Founder and Chairman Wang Chuanfu and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, President Xi boarded the bus designed and built by BYD and will be in revenue service soon on London streets.

The new bus emits no pollution or emissions and was developed after the Mayor of London challenged Wang and BYD to develop a vehicle which many experts said was not technically feasible – an electric double-decker bus. Two years later BYD delivered on the challenge.

The new bus emits no pollution or emissions and was developed after the Mayor of London challenged Wang and BYD to develop a vehicle which many experts said was not technically feasible – an electric double-decker bus. Two years later BYD delivered on the challenge.

The new double-decker bus can carry 81 passengers and is fully air conditioned. It will be able to complete up to 190 miles in city traffic conditions on a single charge, allowing recharging (which takes just four hours) using lower-cost, off-peak electricity.

During the recent State visit of the President of China to the UK, BYD and Alexander Dennis signed an agreement to collaborate on building single deck all-electric buses (BYD chassis and ADL bodywork) primarily for the UK market at 200 units per year over a ten year period. That was valued at GBP600m.

At the signing ceremony was one of five BYD double deck buses that are entering service in London. Another one was in Busworld and they are built wholly by BYD. At the time of the signature of the agreement BYD and ADL said that they were well advanced on a second agreement for ADL to build double deck bodywork on BYD chassis. ADL builds in aluminium which saves weight.



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