The 360 route passes through some of London’s most prestigious areas, connecting South Kensington with Chelsea, Sloane Square and Vauxhall. The buses will be based at Go-Ahead’s Camberwell garage where BYD will install 14 charging posts.
Richard Harrington, Go-Ahead’s engineering director, says: “The experience gained in electrifying routes 521 and 507 out of Waterloo was pivotal in deciding who to work with on route 360.
“Having the confidence that the product can operate on London’s streets, and is capable of running a whole day without the need to recharge, put this product to the front of what is becoming a very competitive market.”
BYD’s UK country manager Frank Thorpe says: “This underlines the strength of our joint offer and we again look forward to working with Go-Ahead London on this exciting project. We anticipate delivering the vehicles in the second half of 2017.”
Robert Davey, ADL’s group commercial and business development director, adds: “Along with our recent order from Merseyside this latest order illustrates the attractiveness of the BYD ADL Enviro200EV from an operational and passenger perspective, not to mention the benefits it provides to pedestrians and city dwellers with zero emissions. The stylish British-built ADL bodywork mounted on BYD’s well proven chassis, and underpinned by the best aftermarket support in the business is truly a winning combination.”