BYD UK and Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) electric vehicle partnership, delivered four 10.2m length BYD ADL Enviro200EV eBuses to Nottinghamshire County Council in the UK. These are the first BYD ADL eBuses in this 10.2m size specification to be delivered to a customer outside of London. The first two of the four zero-emission pure-electric eBuses have joined Nottinghamshire County Council’s expanding fleet of ECOconnect buses. The operater is Stagecoach East Midlands.
It is the second eBus order from Nottinghamshire County Council, who first successfully introduced two BYD ADL Enviro200EV buses to its fleet in 2018; these being 10.8m in length. The new BYD ADL electric bus has a total capacity for 77 passengers.
In addition to funding from the Department of Transport’s Ultra-Low Emission Bus Scheme (ULEBS), real estate developer Lindhurst Group has contributed towards the running of two of the new buses, which will operate on the Berry Hill Flyer (240) route in Mansfield. This serves the busy new Berry Hill development, sustainably connecting the new community to a variety of key locations in and around the town centre, using pure-electric, zero-emission public transportation. The remaining two electric buses are expected to enter service elsewhere in Nottinghamshire in the new year.
Nottinghamshire County Council Leader, Councillor Ben Bradley MP, said: “I’m ambitious to transform bus services across the county and by working in partnership we can access our share of the Government’s £3bn funding. So far we have invested £2.4 million in six electric buses and charging infrastructure all of which produce zero exhaust emissions meaning that residents and passengers will benefit from cleaner air along the routes.” The electric buses have been built in Scotland as part of the successful eBus partnership between BYD UK and ADL.
Attending the handover ceremony, from left to right: Richard Bowden, Project Representative, The Lindhurst Group; Gavin Peake, Director of IT & Estates at West Nottinghamshire College; Leader of the County Council Ben Bradley MP, Mayor of Mansfield Andy Abrahams; Robert Westermann, Principal of the Lindhurst Group; Councillor Mike Adams, Environment Ambassador; and Matt Cranwell, Stagecoach East Midlands MD.