BYD AND ADL TO EXPAND EV BUS RANGE WITH 10.8M MODEL
This shorter model, which meets the requirements of many UK operators both provincial and those serving London, will be able to carry up to 79 passengers, 27 seated. Kerb weight is 12.6 tonnes. Range under typical operating conditions (to UITP SORT 2 test conditions - drivers air conditioning on) is 179 miles with a recharge time of just 3.5 hours. Other battery power outputs and performance parameters will be available.
The first 10.8m model will be on show at the CENEX Low Carbon Vehicle event at Millbrook on 14 and 15 September. That model has been fully built by BYD but future vehicles will form part of the BYD partnership with ADL, which is bodying Chinese built powered chassis at its plant in Falkirk, Scotland. The resulting model is expected to be designated the BYD ADL Enviro200EV 10.8m and will be available in first half 2017.
As with the BYD pure electric double decker, the Chinese original will evolve into a joint product drawing on the strengths of both BYD and ADL: BYD's Iron-Phosphate battery technology allied to ADL's lightweight body.