BYD ADL provides London electric bus fleet upgrade

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Left to right: Gareth Powell, MD Surface Transport, TfL; Laurence Batlle, CEO of RATP Dev; Mike Brown, Commissioner, TfL; Catherine Guillouard, Chairwoman and CEO of RATP Group; Fiona Taylor, MD, RATP Dev London 

A Sino-British partnership is celebrating the delivery of not only a large electric bus order in London, for 36 vehicles, but also an upgrade to a longstanding West London garage into an advanced, smart electric bus operating center.

In November 2017, BYD, a private Chinese firm that has become a world leader in alternative transport technology, and its British partner, Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL), secured the order for 36 10.8m BYD ADL Enviro200 EV electric buses, along with the installation of 37 charging units and associated charging infrastructure.  

With a fleet of some 1,200 buses, RATP Dev London operates 70 bus routes across the London network. Its West London depot at Shepherd's Bush depot will house the 36 buses for the Transport for London routes C1 and 70, which are being converted to full electric operation.

Preparing Shepherds Bush bus garage for the electric buses involved a further collaboration with BYD and ADL's strategic partner, SSE, to ensure the installation of the electric vehicle infrastructure. SSE installed vital electric power and data cables and wiring at the garage. 

BYD's role included installing BYD's Smart Charging Management System, which introduced an automatic charging system which allows the bus depot to simultaneously charge all the depot's buses over night with minimal supervision. The BYD system removes the risks associated with manually charging buses and also cuts down on the manpower required over a night shift, in turn reducing operating costs, according to a press release issued on Thursday by the company.

RATP Dev aims to progressively turn Shepherd's Bush into a depot with an all-electric fleet, to make it the company's first zero-emissions bus garage in London.  

10.8m BYD ADL Enviro200 EV electric bus

Arthur Whiteside, ADL's Managing Director for UK Sales, said: "With over 215 BYD ADL EnviroEV buses delivered or on order, and well in excess of 1.5 million electric miles clocked up in the UK, it is clear that operators appreciate not only the vehicles we supply, but also the full infrastructure support from route analysis to site surveys which can be delivered."

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