Hong Kong’s largest bus operator has placed a major order with Alexander Dennis for its Enviro500 three-axle double deckers.
The Kowloon Motor Bus Company (1933) Limited (KMB) has ordered 180 of the models, which are scheduled to be delivered in the first half of 2020.
KMB has ordered more than 2,200 Enviro500 buses from Alexander Dennis since the current generation model was launched in 2012.
The latest order includes 76 short-wheelbase Enviro500 with a length of 11.3 metres as well as 104 longer vehicles that will be 12.8 metres long. Offering 80 and 98 seats respectively, they will be among the first buses for Hong Kong to be fitted with three-point belts at all seats.
The new Enviro500 for KMB will be powered by low emission Euro 6 engines. Solar panels on the roof will support the energy requirements of the powerful air conditioning system as well as other auxiliary loads.
Paul Davies, Managing Director Asia Pacific for Alexander Dennis, comments: “We are delighted that to deliver its world class passenger service, KMB continues to place its confidence in Alexander Dennis vehicles and support with this latest order for 180 double deck buses. Designed and built with our unrivalled expertise in double deck buses, our Enviro500 will excel in challenging topography and climate on some of the most arduous duty cycles in the world.”