Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) and BYD UK jointly have strengthened their partnership. In future they will design and assembly chassis for the BYD ADL partnership’s electric single and double-deck buses for the British market.
It means that complete vehicles will built in ADL’s facilities in the UK, now Falkirk and Scarborough following 2020’s closure of ADL’s Guildford chassis plant.
Electric bus chassis assembly will take place in ADL’s facilities with on-the-ground support from the BYD team, and is planned to commence in the second half of 2021.
Until now, chassis for the BYD ADL Enviro200EV single deck and BYD ADL Enviro400EV double deck buses were fully-built by BYD before being delivered to ADL’s facilities to have their bodywork fitted in the UK.
ADL’s partnership with BYD started in 2015, initially for five years with an option to extend. BYD subsequently announced plans to open an electric bus assembly factory in Europe to build its own models.
To meet local market requirements BYD subsequently invested in two electric bus factories in Europe, in Komarom, Hungary (opened in April 2017), and the other in Beauvais, France (opened in late 2018) to supply the French market.
Talking about the latest development, the partnership says this “significant step has been taken in response to the increasing demand for zero emission vehicles.
“It further strengthens the partnership’s market-leading position while underpinning jobs in Britain and developing skills in the growing market for clean vehicle technology.”
Since it began in 2015, the partnership has more than 500 electric buses delivered or on order. They have clocked up a combined over 16m emission-free miles of reliable service in London and numerous towns and cities across the UK. More than 70% of electric buses introduced in Britain in this period were supplied by the BYD ADL partnership.
Frank Thorpe, Managing Director of BYD UK, says: “This news underpins the fantastic relationship we have with ADL in the UK.
“We have always worked closely to deliver the highest quality products and services, and we are confident that production of complete vehicles here in the UK will bring even greater efficiencies for our customers.
“More importantly, this commitment from both BYD and ADL is also a reflection of the acceptance of eMobility from local authorities, bus operators and their passengers.
“Electrification in our towns and cities is gathering pace, and the BYD ADL partnership is spearheading the drive towards a more sustainable future.”
Paul Davies, President & Managing Director of ADL, says: “I am delighted that we’re moving our electric bus partnership to this next level and building complete zero emission buses for the UK market in the UK.
“This ensures that investment in sustainable transport for our towns and cities delivers full economic benefits to communities right across the country.”
ADL is owned by North American-based NFI, which is leading the electrification of mass mobility around the world. With zero-emission buses and coaches, infrastructure, and technology, NFI meets today’s urban demands for scalable smart mobility solutions. Together, NFI is enabling more livable cities through connected, clean, and sustainable transportation.
With 8,000 team members in ten countries, NFI is a leading global bus manufacturer of mass mobility solutions under the brands New Flyer® (heavy-duty transit buses), MCI® (motor coaches), Alexander Dennis Limited (single and double-deck buses), Plaxton (motor coaches), ARBOC® (low-floor cutaway and medium-duty buses), and NFI Parts™.
NFI currently offers the widest range of sustainable drive systems available, including zero-emission electric (trolley, battery, and fuel cell), natural gas, electric hybrid, and clean diesel. In total, NFI supports its installed base of over 105,000 buses and coaches around the world. NFI common shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol NFI. News and information is available at www.nfigroup.com, www.newflyer.com, www.mcicoach.com,www.arbocsv.com, www.alexander-dennis.com, and www.nfi.parts.
About Alexander Dennis
Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) is a global leader in the design and manufacture of double deck buses and is also the UK’s largest bus and coach manufacturer.
ADL offers single and double deck vehicles under the brands of Alexander Dennis and Plaxton, and has over 31,000 vehicles in service in the UK, Europe, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, Mexico, Canada and the United States. www.alexander-dennis.com.
BYD Company Ltd. is one of China’s largest privately-owned enterprises.
Since its inception in 1995, the company quickly developed solid expertise in rechargeable batteries and became a relentless advocate of sustainable development, successfully expanding its renewable energy solutions globally with operations in over 50 countries and regions.
Its creation of a Zero Emissions Energy Ecosystem – comprising affordable solar power generation, reliable energy storage and cutting-edge electrified transportation – has made it an industry leader in the energy and transportation sectors.
BYD is listed on the Hong Kong and Shenzhen Stock Exchanges. www.byd.com.
About BYD UK
BYD UK was established in London, UK in March 2013 and moved to Iver, Buckinghamshire, England in June 2018 to further develop its business.
It is primarily engaged in providing British customers with a series of new energy buses together with interrelated after sales service. Its main focus is to provide UK customers with BYD new energy solutions, including electric vehicles, rechargeable batteries, solar panels, energy storage systems, rail transit and other new energy products, as well as related after-sales services.