ALEXANDER DENNIS ENVIRO 300 ON ADL, MAN OR VOLVO CHASSIS
British Bus builder Alexander Dennis says it already has orders for nearly 200 of its recently launched Enviro 300 single deck bus. The new model fills a gap between the Enviro200 midibus and Enviro400 double-decker. The Enviro300 comes as a fully integrated 14-tonner, with seven interior layout options and passenger capacities ranging from 48 to 80. First orders for the new bus have meanwhile been booked, those orders alone are worth over £20m and part of a record order intake, worth £160m.
Alexander Dennis expects a £300m turnover in 2008, up 40%, year on year. The company has restructuring plans which will lead to a near 50% increase in manufacturing capacity in the next few months, creating 200 new jobs. The bus is based on ADL’s own Enviro300 chassis, whose most obvious modification is a new 250PS rating for the familiar Euro4 Cummins 6.7 litre ISBe six-cylinder SCR engine, designed to complement the previous 225 PS rating that remains available. Further there is also a more efficient and compact cooling system featuring a side by side radiator and intercooler, with the added advantage of easy servicing. In addition, the front nearside chassis cross member is now bolted for ease of replacement, being easily reached behind the new removable nearside body panel. The balance of the chassis remains very much as before, featuring premium components throughout including a choice of retarder- equipped ZF6HP504C, Voith DIWA or Allison T280 gearboxes, full air suspension and disc brakes, with the added bonus of a new stainless steel exhaust system. At Alexander Dennis there is an awareness that some operators are dedicated to heavy-duty 18-tonne operations and with this in mind the company will in 2008 also offer the Enviro300 body on MAN A69 and Volvo B7LRE chassis. The MAN alternative also enables it to provide an EGR option and this is a policy that will carry over onto their Enviro200 range shortly, again in collaboration with MAN.