Stagecoach has placed an order for 55 Alexander Dennis Enviro400EV battery-electric double deckers for its operation in Oxfordshire.
The bus operator will introduce the vehicles on its Oxford city and Oxfordshire networks from late 2023, becoming the first customer to place a firm order for the new vehicle.
It is designed to move large numbers of people on busy urban corridors and interurban expresses with an operational range of up to 260 miles on a single charge.
The Enviro400EV uses a Voith Electrical Drive System electric driveline as well as the Alexander Dennis battery system, which ensures continuity of supply throughout vehicle life and will allow Stagecoach to benefit from technology advancements at a mid-life refresh without the need for vehicle modifications.
Stagecoach is working with Oxfordshire County Council to decarbonise buses in and around Oxford thanks to funding from the UK Department for Transport as part of the Government’s Zero-Emission Bus Regional Areas (ZEBRA) scheme.
Sam Greer, Engineering Director for Stagecoach, said, “We’re pleased to be continuing our commitment to move to a zero-emission UK bus fleet by becoming the first operator to make major investment in the new fleet of Enviro400EV buses to operate on our services in Oxford.
“We have a positive track record of working with Alexander Dennis to decarbonise our fleet across the country, including in Scotland where we will shortly be introducing the UK’s first all-electric bus cities.”
Paul Davies, Alexander Dennis President & Managing Director, said, “This investment keeps funding from the Government’s ZEBRA scheme in the country, improving the lives of passengers and residents as well as accelerating decarbonisation.”