The Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) and BYD UK partnership has supplied 12 electric double deck buses to bus operator Xplore Dundee, where they will cut emissions along one of Scotland’s most polluted streets.
Built at ADL’s factory in Falkirk utilising BYD’s expertise in batteries and integrated powertrain technology, the dozen Enviro400EVs are Dundee’s first zero emission buses.
Once driver training is complete early in the new year, they will run on Xplore’s service 28, serving the Dundee’s Lochee Road which is the fourth most polluted street in Scotland.
All the pure-electric buses have BYD Iron-Phosphate Batteries, an advanced battery technology that delivers a driving range of up to 160 miles on a single charge.
Christine McGlasson, MD of Xplore Dundee said: “This is a milestone moment for us at Xplore Dundee – we are so proud to bring these electric double deckers to Dundee, the first of their kind for the city.
“Our fleet is now three-quarters low or zero emission – and we’re not going to stop there. We believe that buses are the solution to pollution, and as part of the McGill’s group we intend to continue investing in our fleet to provide a cleaner, greener public transport offering to the people of our Dundee.”
Frank Thorpe, Managing Director, BYD UK, added: “To think that BYD ADL zero-emission electric buses will make such a valuable contribution to clean air in such a recognised polluted route, is a very positive step forward.”