NFI’s UK electric vehicle partnership with BYD delivers its 500th electric bus
By Canadian Manufacturing
WINNIPEG — NFI Group Inc., an independent bus and coach manufacturer and company involved in electric mass mobility solutions, announced that the BYD UK and Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) electric vehicle partnership, the UK’s leading electric bus producer, has delivered its 500th electric bus.
As the UK’s transition to zero-emission transport continues to accelerate, the BYD ADL partnership has already taken firm orders for the next 500 electric buses for public transit operators. These 500 new vehicles are expected to be delivered over the next 12 months and will bring the partnership’s total deliveries to over 1,000 units.
BYD is a company involved in batteries, energy management and electric mobility, while ADL is a subsidiary of leading independent global bus manufacturer NFI. BYD and ADL combined their strengths in October 2015 to offer cost-effective electric buses for operators in the UK, Ireland and New Zealand. The partnership has been a tremendous success, and it continues to strengthen with plans for complete UK builds at ADL’s facilities to start later in 2021.
Go-Ahead London has worked closely with the BYD ADL partnership since its inception, becoming its launch customer in 2016 and continuing to support product development with its operational experience. The very first BYD ADL electric bus – a BYD ADL Enviro200EV single decker – joined the handover of the 500th as the manufacturers paid tribute to Go-Ahead London’s crucial role in the deployment of electric buses in the UK. Go-Ahead is now the country’s biggest operator of electric buses, having received nearly half of the 500 BYD ADL electric buses delivered so far.
Paul Soubry, President & Chief Executive Officer of NFI, said: “The milestone of 500 electric buses delivered is an exciting one, for NFI, for the BYD ADL partnership, and for the UK. It’s very fitting that our 500th bus be delivered to Go-Ahead, as they are a driving force in the UK’s adoption of zero-emission transit and have been supporting our partnership since the beginning. The world of transportation is changing, and NFI continues to lead the evolution to electrification in the UK and around the world through a focus on delivering the highest quality products and working with industry leading partners.”