One of the UK’s leading supplier of electric buses, the BYD ADL partnership, has delivered nine 10.8m pure electric buses together with charging equipment to Stagecoach South for use on park and ride services in Guildford.The buses for Guildford are to the BYD ADL provincial spec, with a single door and 36 seats the vehicles deliver outstanding comfort and appeal for passengers.
Importantly, these are the first buses supplied by the partnership to Stagecoach Group which, with 8,000 buses and coaches, is one of the largest public transport operators in the UK.
In Guildford, the nine electric buses will connect three car parks and a leisure centre with the town centre, operating six days a week, with service frequencies of between 10 and 15 minutes. Guildford is an important and historic large town south of London with a major university and which is popular with commuters to the capital. This is the first fleet of pure electric buses to enter service there.
Arthur Whiteside, ADL’s Managing Director for UK Sales said: “We are delighted to support Stagecoach South and Surrey County Council in their introduction of clean, zero emission buses. With passenger-centric interiors and excellent onboard amenities, they will further enhance the attractiveness of Guildford as a destination and place of employment in the regional economy.”
Speaking at the launch event in Guildford, BYD’s UK Country Manager, Frank Thorpe said: “The entry into service of these vehicles means that our joint enterprise has now supplied advanced electric buses to the majority of the major bus operating groups in the UK and, as with all of our customers, we have been able to provide much more than the bus. Our knowhow has assisted in the provision of the necessary infrastructure, including BYD built chargers. ”