Stagecoach switches on nine electric buses for Guildford10 January 2019

Bus operator Stagecoach South has taken delivery of nine 10.8m all-electric buses from the BYD ADL partnership for use on park and ride services in Guildford.

Part of the Stagecoach Group, the operator’s new additions are supplied with charging equipment and are the first electric buses to go into service in Guildford.

The vehicles are built to the BYD ADL provincial spec, with a single door and 36 seats, as previewed at the 2018 Euro Bus Expo event.

“We are delighted to support Stagecoach South and Surrey County Council in their introduction of clean, zero-emission buses,” said Arthur Whiteside, ADL’s managing director for UK sales.

“With passenger-centric interiors and excellent onboard amenities, they will further enhance the attractiveness of Guildford as a destination and place of employment in the regional economy.”

At the launch event in Guildford earlier this week (7 January), Frank Thorpe, BYD’s UK country manager, said: “Our joint enterprise has now supplied advanced electric buses to the majority of the major bus operating groups in the UK and, as with all of our customers, we have been able to provide much more than the bus. Our knowhow has assisted in the provision of the necessary infrastructure, including BYD-built chargers.”

Laura Cork

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