Until now, chassis for the BYD ADL Enviro200EV single deck and BYD ADL Enviro400EV double deck buses were fully built by BYD before being delivered to ADL’s facilities to have their bodywork fitted in the UK.
Now the partnership deal means the completed vehicles will be built in ADL’s facilities in the UK in the second half of 2021.
This significant step has been taken in response to the increasing demand for zero emission vehicles and further strengthens the partnership’s market-leading position while underpinning jobs in Britain and developing skills in the growing market for clean vehicle technology.
Since it began in 2015, the partnership has gone from strength to strength, with over 500 electric buses delivered or on order. They have clocked up a combined over 16 million emission-free miles of reliable service in London as well as numerous towns and cities across the UK.
More than 70 per cent of electric buses introduced in Britain in this period were supplied by the BYD ADL partnership.
Paul Davies, president and managing director of ADL, said: “I am delighted we’re moving our electric bus partnership to this next level and building complete zero emission buses for the UK market in the UK.
"This ensures that investment in sustainable transport for our towns and cities delivers full economic benefits to communities right across the country.”
Frank Thorpe, BYD UK managing director, said: “This news underpins the fantastic relationship we have with ADL in the UK. We have always worked closely to deliver the highest quality products and services, and we are confident that production of complete vehicles here in the UK will bring even greater efficiencies for our customers.
“More importantly this commitment from both BYD and ADL is also a reflection of the acceptance of eMobility from Local Authorities, bus operators and their passengers. Electrification in our towns and cities is gathering pace, and the BYD ADL partnership is spearheading the drive towards a more sustainable future.”