02 Nov 2018


Bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) presented at Euro Bus Expo 2018 in Birmingham a selection of low and zero emission buses, as well as members of its Plaxton coach range. Besides this ADL introduced AD24, a new aftermarket business concept.

The new AD24 digital offering makes doing aftermarket business with Alexander Dennis easier by providing a one-stop solution encompassing parts sales, online training, online manuals, online service bulletins, a customer forum and the AD Connected vehicle solutions technology. It offers personalised user experience designed to offer an ideal solution for all of Alexander Dennis’s customers. A 24/7 online parts shop is at the heart of AD24, with all makes’ parts and original spare parts for Alexander Dennis buses, Plaxton coaches and other OEMs’ vehicles. AD24 is live and available to UK operators at www.ad24.direct and its international rollout will commence in 2019.

The successful BYD ADL partnership continues to lead the British market for electric buses with over 215 now delivered or firmly ordered and the Enviro400EV double decker on track to be launched in the first half of 2019. A new single deck Enviro200EV demonstrator will begin a tour of UK towns and cities thanks to a compact mobile EV charger that can be transported inside the vehicle and plugs into operators’ existing mains electricity.
This Enviro200EV has an electroluminescent ceiling, wireless phone charging and a media shelf at the first raised row of seats. Also featured is the SmartVision system that replaces traditional mirrors with high-definition digital cameras and displays. Another Low Emission Bus option is the new biogas-fuelled Enviro400CBG City, which ADL produces together with chassis and technology partner Scania.

ADL’s Plaxton coach brand is on track for a positive year with more than 200 coaches sold. The new Plaxton Panorama double deck coach is built on the Volvo B11RLE chassis and wheelchair accessible through either the front or centre door. The second addition to the Plaxton range is the Panther LE low entry vehicle on Volvo B8RLE, combining bus accessibility with coach comfort. The Panther LE is fully DDA-compliant without the need for a wheelchair lift. F

2018 has been a very strong year for Alexander Dennis and the company is on track to deliver record sales of £630m with 2,600 vehicles produced globally. In the United Kingdom, the bus market shrank by 15% between 2015 and 2018 and the decline has
accelerated in 2018 with a 20% fall forecast by year end. In London, ADL's market share increased from 40% in 2016 to 70% this year and ADL has grown its activities in the independent and retail sectors by 46% in the last four years to around 300 vehicles in 2018 across. Furthermore ADL has sold over 1,000 Enviro500 double deck buses to the United States and Canada. The company is now building the Enviro200 in its Nappanee, Indiana facility to accelerate this growth. Activities in the Asia Pacific region have continued to grow in 2018 with 730 units sold and well over 4,000 vehicles into service across the region since the new Enviro500 was launched in 2012. The regional assembly operations in Malaysia and China are running at full pace. The peak replacement period of the cyclical Hong Kong market has also been completed along with some forward activity before the introduction of Euro 6. ADL announced orders from KMB and Citybus for over 100 Enviro500 built to the new emissions standard. In Europe, Enviro500 deliveries to Switzerland will continue in 2019 and Alexander Dennis has recently been selected to supply Berlin’s new fleet of double deck buses. The framework contract is worth up
to €220m.

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