UK set to be world beater on hybrid buses, says ADL20 July 2010

Alexander Dennis CEO Colin Robertson reckons Britain will dominate the world when it comes to low emission buses.

He was speaking as ADL's latest fleet of hybrid buses took to the streets of Oxford, in what is believed to be the largest single investment in green bus technology ever made.

Robertson says his company's hybrid bus fleet has covered 600,000 miles in 20 cities, and the results have been impressive. "On average, they have consistently recorded fuel and CO2 reductions of around 35% and demonstrated their reliability by being available for service virtually 100% of the time," he reveals.

"In my view, we are now well beyond the pioneering stage with electric-hybrids and can lead the world with a transport solution that tackles clean air issues head-on.

"I believe electric-hybrid buses represent the technology of the foreseeable future. We will continue to invest in further hybrid development programmes and I am confident these will ultimately deliver 50% fuel and CO2 reductions."

Robertson says the next phase of the ADL hybrid bus strategy will involve a three-door, left-hand-drive, 18-tonne single deck hybrid for outside the UK.

"Continental Europe is our initial target and we have already had very encouraging signs," says the ADL CEO. "This target will be followed by partnership arrangements taking us into export territories wider afield and, again, we already have advanced discussions progressing positively on a number of fronts."

John Challen

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