On Wednesday, BYD and Alexander Dennis Limited jointly announced that they have completed the first two extra-large electric buses BYD ADL Enviro200EV XLB for Howick & Eastern by Transdev in New Zealand, part of Transdev Australasia. These buses were assembled locally in New Zealand by ADL’s partner Kiwi Bus Builders on BYD chassis.
The buses feature BYD’s chassis and are assembled and manufactured locally by ADL partner, Kiwi Bus Builders, in NZ. They are the first batch of extra large, pure electric buses manufactured locally in NZ.
BYD adds that the BYD ADL Enviro200EV XLB eBuses are equipped with BYD’s Iron-Phosphate battery, power chassis and ADL and Kiwi Bus Builders bus customizations. The vehicle body is 12.6 m long and can accommodate 75 passengers. The bus has a cruising range of 300km at full power.
Sheryll Otway, Howick & Eastern by Transdev General Manager, said, “Clean, green, zero emissions transport is vital for keeping communities connected in a sustainable way. As a group, Transdev have set a target to reduce our emissions globally by 30% by 2030, and the new state-of-the-art fleet will help us to do just that.”
Darek Koper, Auckland Transport’s Metro Decarbonisation Manager, said: “We are delighted that Auckland’s transition to zero emission buses has created an opportunity to contribute to the local economy, as well as providing the opportunity for industry professionals to upskill their bus-building with new, climate-friendly technology.”
At present, BYD has gained the trust of customers in Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Australia, India and many other countries in the Asia Pacific. Globally, BYD has expanded its business to more than 300 cities in more than 50 countries and regions.