Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) and BYD UK recently demonstrated its single deck electric bus to authorities, operators and stakeholders in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
The BYD ADL Enviro200EV demonstrator visited Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann, allowing staff to familiarise themselves with the type before the operators’ upcoming delivery of 45 similar buses as part of a framework agreement between ADL and the National Transport Authority.
It was then joined by Northern Ireland operator Translink for an inspection at ADL’s Ballymena office, where Mid & East Antrim Mayor, Cllr William McCaughey had the opportunity to explore the zero emission bus.
Commenting on ADL’s continued innovation in green energy electric vehicle solutions for the transport sector, Mayor McCaughey said: “ADL’s focus on green technologies and the development of products in this space is yet again evident with the BYD ADL Enviro200EV demo bus, which I have had the pleasure of seeing first hand here in Ballymena.
“Mid and East Antrim aims to become the Cleantech hub for Northern Ireland, and the investment in innovation by key industry players in our borough such as ADL, our focus and support for hydrogen via the newly launched Hydrogen Training Academy and our plans for the i4C Innovation and Cleantech Centre are supporting our journey to net zero carbon.”
With the BYD ADL Enviro200EV’s length of 10.2m, its 348kWh batteries are the largest available in the UK and Ireland market.
David McCaughey, contracts manager at ADL said the feedback the electric bus received throughout its trip on the island of Ireland was “extremely positive”.
“With its world-class technology backed up by our local expertise and aftermarket support, the BYD ADL Enviro200EV has a great role to play in delivering a cleaner future for everyone,” he said.