BYD ADL has supplied the first of 29 Enviro400EV double deckers to National Express West Midlands. The first 19 of these zero-emission buses have now entered service in Birmingham while the 10 further vehicles will be introduced in Coventry this autumn. The investment has been supported with a £3 million grant from the UK Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles.

The 10.9-m buses are charged entirely by renewable energy and utilise a stationery battery system to balance the load on the electricity grid. They are built to National Express’s Platinum standard, offering extra legroom for the 65 seated passengers as well as USB chargers, free wi-fi and other amenities. An advanced heat pump system ensures that saloon heating power is supplied efficiently from the main batteries without undue impact on operational range.

Tom Stables, Managing Director of National Express UK, said: “At National Express, zero- emission is not the future – it’s the here-and-now. Our bus fleet will be zero emission by 2030, and we’re very proud to bring fully electric buses to the people of the West Midlands. I’d like to thank all the drivers, trainers, engineers and managers who have worked so hard behind the scenes to make this happen.”

The BYD ADL Enviro400EV zero emission double decker was launched just over a year ago, offering easy electrification for busy bus routes. Over 250 have been sold to date and two thirds of them are already in service in UK cities.

BYD ADL Enviro400EV
BYD ADL Enviro400EV x NX West Midlands