11-strong fleet of electric 10.8m BYD ADL Enviro200EV single deckers will serve 153 Route in central London
In early February a new tranche of electric buses joined the UK capital’s fleet.
Working with partner Alexander Dennis (ADL) BYD has supplied 11 new 10.8m BYD ADL Enviro200EV single deckers for the Route 153 in London. Operated by Go-Ahead London on behalf of Transport for London (TfL), the route runs from before 05.00 to after 23.00 six days a week and spans many heavily congested streets between its termini at Finsbury Park in the north to Moorgate in the financial district.
The all-electric buses are now in service and operate from the Northumberland Park Garage in Tottenham, north London. The new buses marked the transfer of the route to Go-Ahead from CT Plus. BYD has supplied the depot with its own-designed and manufactured charging points.
The Environ200EV itself is powered by two wheel-hub motors with an output of 90kW. It uses BYD lithium-iron-phosphate batteries, although their exact size and capacity are not specified. Previous Enviro200EV models used an 83kWh battery which offered a range of around 100km, and ElecTrans expects a similar range from these latest models.
The other three ADL BYD serviced London routes, all with Go-Ahead, are the 521 and 507 from Waterloo and the 360 from Camberwell. Other routes and operators will receive fleets of BYD ADL electric buses in the coming months following tender wins by the partnership.
“We are delighted to make another significant step in the electrification of London’s bus routes and to be in the vanguard of the transformation. At Go-Ahead we have developed considerable practical knowledge of electric bus operation, gained over six years, and are well positioned to contribute further to the improvement of the capital’s air quality”, said Richard Harrington, Go-Ahead Group’s Engineering Director.
“The smooth switch on of our electric buses to operate another intensive London route is a testament to the strength of our overall offering – not just the proven and reliable buses themselves but of the back up and support of our partners in planning and installing the necessary equipment to make electric bus operation successful from day one”, said Frank Thorpe, UK Country Manager for BYD UK, speaking on behalf of the ADL BYD partnership.