London’s problems with air quality aren’t a secret. Hopefully, the new 51-strong fleet of all-electric buses BYD ADL Enviro200EV for London’s routes 507 and 521 contribute to less pollution. By end of 2016, they will go into operation. Together with already running 22 all-electric buses, the entire fleet of electric powered buses up to 73 will be the largest in Europe.
The new single-deck buses are produced in Britain by Chinese company BYD and UK’s biggest bus manufacturer ADL. In order to provide a charging opportunity for phones, 12 seats in each bus are equipped with USB sockets. The first nine vehicles of the all-electric bus fleet were presented at Waterloo Bus Garage on 9 September 2016. But that’s not enough: London’s mayor plans to replace all 300 single-deck buses in central London by 2020. Additionally, all 3,100 double deck buses in the British capital will be hybrid by 2019.
The new all-electric bus fleet is a further step towards the end of conventional diesel buses
To date, 2000 buses, representing 20 percent of the entire London’s bus fleet, are hybrid electric buses. Their batteries can be charged wirelessly during a break at bus terminals. A yearly reduction by 408 tonnes carbon dioxide and by 10 tonnes harmful nitrogen oxides is expected with the help of the new 51 e-buses. Allegedly, a 16-hour ride is possible with one battery charge. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “It’s vital that we act now to clean-up our capital’s toxic air and do everything we can to help prevent the thousands of deaths it causes each year.“
“I’ve set out a comprehensive plan to improve our air, and the transformation of London’s bus fleet will play a key role in making our transport cleaner and healthier. These first two electric bus routes right through the heart of London are another step towards the end of conventional diesel buses on our roads. This will deliver extensive air quality benefits and position us as a true world leader in adopting ultra low emission vehicle technology.” Sadiq Khan adds.
Isbrand Ho, Managing Director of BYD Europe, said: “Today is the culmination of several years of hard work and we are delighted to be here with our partners TfL, Go-Ahead and ADL inaugurating Europe’s largest electric bus fleet. We are proud that the previous largest fleet – of 35 e-buses – was also supplied by BYD to Amsterdam Schiphol airport. In the UK we have a dedicated support team, a new office, a new Country Manager and will shortly be acquiring a workshop and parts store within London. We are in discussion with several potential customers for our electric buses and look forward to helping more operators and their city governments to assist in improving air quality”, he said.
The city of Shenzhen, headquarter of BYD in China, operates the world’s largest electric bus fleet. UK is not the only customer outside of China. Amongst others, BYD sold buses in the United States, Middle East, Canada, Germany, Finland, and Brazil. Another all-electric bus fleet from BYD has been delivered to Amsterdam’s Schipol airport.