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NTA orders 200 zero emission battery-electric buses

The National Transport Authority (NTA) has placed an order for the delivery of 200 zero emission battery-electric buses.

Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) and BYD UK will deliver the Enviro200EV single deck buses as part of a five-year framework agreement.

An initial firm order for 45 buses was agreed at the same time, with delivery commencing in 2022.

NTA chief executive Anne Graham said this order highlights the authority’s commitment to a sustainable and accessible transport network.

“Over the next five years we are planning a major increase in the number of low- and zero-emission urban buses in operation on the Transport For Ireland (TFI) network across the country,” she said.

“The fleet ordered today represents the best mix of cutting edge electric technology, proven reliability, accessibility and comfort for all passengers who use TFI bus services.

“I look forward to working with our bus operator partners, as well as ADL, in ensuring that the first of these buses are delivered and ready to operate in 2022.”

ADL’s body engineers have worked with their colleagues at BYD to tailor the BYD ADL Enviro200EV to the specific needs of the NTA.

This has resulted in a vehicle that will be 12m long and can be specified in several configurations to suit different operational requirements, including a version with two doorways, a wheelchair space and a dedicated area for the accommodation of at least one unfolded pram, pushchair or buggy.

The first 45 buses are expected to commence delivery next year for services in Athlone and the Dublin Metropolitan Area.