National Express West Midlands has ordered a further 170 double deck electric buses from the Alexander Dennis/BYD electric vehicle partnership, to be delivered by the end of 2024.
This latest order will take the number of BYD AD Enviro400EV buses operated by National Express in the West Midlands to 329.
The fleet, which will be the largest of the type in the UK, includes an earlier order for 130 buses that are part of the UK Government’s ambitions to make Coventry the country’s first all-electric bus city by 2025.
More than half of the 130 BYD AD Enviro400EV buses ordered are already operating on National Express bus routes across Coventry.
The continued investment is part of National Express delivering on its commitment to have a completely zero-emission bus fleet in the UK by 2030.
In addition, the electricity to power the electric buses will be 100% renewable and zero carbon.
Martin West, Alexander Dennis Group commercial director, said, “We are excited to help National Express deliver its ambitious plans in support of the West Midlands’ target to become a zero-carbon region by 2041.
“This repeat order from National Express will create the largest fleet of BYD AD Enviro400EV electric double deck buses in the country and shows the gathering pace of the transition to zero-emission mobility.”
Frank Thorpe, managing director, BYD UK, said, “This is yet another considerable electric bus order and we are delighted to support National Express as it continues to make significant headway in replacing its diesel bus fleets with clean electric alternatives.”