BYD Confirms Largest Order Of UK Buses To Date

The UK continues its efforts to electrify public transport with more electric buses on the way.

  • The order was placed by RATP Dev London, one of Transport for London’s main bus operators.
  • 195 single/double-decker buses have been ordered, the largest to date in the UK.
  • In London, over 400 BYD ADL buses have cumulatively covered over 20 million emissions-free miles.

Today, BYD UK and Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) have confirmed the largest UK order of electric buses yet.

The order itself was placed by RATP Dev London, a principal operator under Transport for London (TfL). So, how many eco-friendly buses were ordered? According to the announcement, 195 single/double-decker vehicles.

News of this kind should come as no surprise. Electrifying London’s bus network was a key objective outlined by the Mayor’s Transport Strategy back in 2018. The goal is to make all TfL buses electric or hydrogen-powered by 2037.

London alone already has 400 BYD ADL eco-friendly buses in operation. In fact, these vehicles have already covered over 20 million zero-emission miles.

BYD UK Managing Director Frank Thorpe hopes these greener changes to the capital encourage other areas to follow.

“Public transport in the capital often provides the blueprint for other towns and cities, and the fact that a major operator like RATP Dev is making such a substantial commitment to eMobility will, I believe, resonate with Local Authorities across the UK.”

For those that don’t know, BYD is a global leader in battery tech and electric mobility. In October of 2015, BYD and ADL came together to create zero-emission buses for countries like the UK, Ireland and New Zealand.

You can only imagine more locations are on their radar, given how popular these vehicles are.

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