ADL adds hybrid option to Enviro400ER buses08 August 2019

Alexander Dennis (ADL) has added a hybrid option to its Enviro400ER electric range of double-decker buses.

Developed in partnership with BAE Systems, the Enviro400ER offers geofenced zero-emission capability, with ADL saying the new option is ideal for use in low emission zones.

The Enviro400ER can run for three miles in electric mode, with the precise distance depending on factors such as travel time and route profile. The vehicle has a 32kWh capacity energy storage system, comprising third generation lithium nickel manganese cobalt battery technology, as well as the same components as the latest generation Enviro400H hybrid bus.

The battery does not need to be charged externally, avoiding the need for infrastructure investments at depots.

Brighton & Hove is the first UK bus operator to order the Enviro400ER. Thirty of the hybrid buses will join the fleet later this year, running in zero emissions mode in the centre of Brighton.

Arthur Whiteside, ADL’s managing director of UK sales, says: “Our new electric range option offers a highly cost-effective way of introducing zero emissions capability with no need to change operational practices.”

Ian Wilson, director of business development at BAE Systems, adds: “This system delivers low emission operation wherever there is emerging demand for clean air zones, without the complication and expense of charging infrastructure.”

In May this year, Alexander Dennis was acquired by North America-based bus manufacturer NFI Group.

Laura Cork

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