29 Enviro400EV first step towards zero-emission National Express fleet
In its first steps towards a zero-emission bus fleet National Express West Midlands received the first 19 of an order of 29 BYD ADL Enviro400EV electric double deckers. The buses will be charged entirely by renewable energy and utilise a stationery battery system to balance the load on the electricity grid.
he first 19 zero-emission buses have now entered service in Birmingham, where the operator’s 80-year old Yardley Wood garage has been retrofitted with plug chargers and a stationery battery, provided by Zenobe Energy, that balances the load on the grid.
10 further vehicles will be introduced in Coventry in the autumn. The investment has been supported with a £3 million grant from the UK Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles. Tom Stables, Managing Director of National Express UK, said: “Our bus fleet will be zero emission by 2030, and we’re very proud to bring fully electric buses to the people of the West Midlands.”
The 10.9m long buses are built to National Express’s Platinum standard, offering extra legroom for the 65 seated passengers as well as USB chargers and wifi. A heat pump system ensures that saloon heating power is supplied from the main batteries without undue impact on operational range. Colin Robertson, Chief Executive of ADL, said: “National Express has taken the decision to never buy another diesel bus, the first UK bus operator to do so.”
The BYD ADL Enviro400EV zero emission double decker was launched just over a year ago, offering easy electrification for busy bus routes. Over 250 have been sold to date and two thirds of them are already in service in UK cities.