Optare wins fifth order for Metrodecker electric bus

GoAhead London has ordered for 17 Metrodecker EVs for route 200 in London.  

It is the third order for the Metrodecker EV in London, the fifth to date, and will bring the total number in service to 108 by May 2021.

This route will operate out of the company’s Merton garage, the first electric route from this depot.  

Optare has worked closely with GoAhead London over a number of years in the development of its latest generation of battery electric buses. 

The Metrodecker EV prototype first saw service in the Capital with GoAhead London on a 5 month trial at New Cross on route 36 and route 21 in January 2018. 

During this trial, a lot was learnt about the bus and the zero emission heating systems in particular as the trial took place during the extreme cold spell; ‘the Beast from the East’.

GoAhead’s trial feedback played a key part in the final design of the production bus launched at the NEC in October 2018.

Richard Harrington, Engineering Director, Go Ahead London says: “As an EV leader in London we have built a good understanding of zero emission bus operation.

“We were pleased to provide feedback and guidance to Optare during their development process and we have been impressed with the production Metrodecker EV in recent service trials.  The bus is a good fit for Route 200. We look forward to successful roll out and partnership with Optare.” 

Robert Drewery, Commercial Director, Optare says: “We are thrilled to be involved in the electrification of route 200.  We see this order as another step in our cooperation with GoAhead London and the development of our ZEV solutions.”

Go Ahead London part of the GoAhead Group, one of the UK’s largest operators.  GoAhead London is the Capital’s largest bus operator, providing nearly a quarter of London’s buses, with their vehicles travelling over 80 million miles annually on over 195 bus routes.

Optare is a leading British manufacturer of urban buses with a modern assembly facility on Sherburn, near Leeds, Yorkshire.  The company employs more than 400 people. Its award-winning range of buses feature an integral design, zero emission electric drives and low emission efficient diesel drivetrains utilising the latest low carbon technology.

The Optare Group Limited is part of Ashok Leyland, one of the world’s top three bus producers, and part of the Hinduja Group.

[Main picture: Courtesy Isaiah A. Egwuagu]

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