New-generation London Bus Marks 5,000 Milestone for BAE Systems’ Hybrid Technology

Revolutionary hybrid technology pioneered and brought to market by BAE Systems reached a milestone today when a stunning, new-generation, double deck bus was unveiled for London, a city that operates a fleet of 8,000 buses, which collectively carry more than six million passengers daily.

The striking new bus is lighter, more fuel efficient and will generate fewer CO2 emissions than any vehicle in its class, says Colin Robertson, CEO of British bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL).

30th September 2015

He added: “Significantly, our new flagship double deck takes us towards 900 hybrid buses built by ADL for the UK market, all of which incorporate the BAE Systems HybriDrive® propulsion system. Together we have forged a powerful technology alliance with BAE Systems that is changing the face of public transport and steadily introducing greener, cleaner vehicles in towns and cities that are striving to reduce traffic congestion and air pollution.

“The contribution of low-emission buses should not be under-estimated and, on the wider front, BAE Systems – like ADL – is in the vanguard of that movement globally. The first of our new Enviro400H City buses for London is, in fact, the 5,000th BAE Systems’ HybriDrive series system to go into service worldwide, which is a remarkable achievement for BAE Systems and their various build partners.”

Steve Trichka, General Manager of HybriDrive Solutions at BAE Systems, Inc. said: “We are absolutely delighted to be recognising this important milestone with ADL, our key technology partner. We have invested a great deal of resources in creating what we believe is a world leading product range capable of achieving 24/7 operation in the toughest city bus fleets across the globe, while saving fuel and reducing harmful emissions.  The fact that ADL’s spectacular new bus incorporates our 5,000th system is a demonstration of the strong partnership we have developed over the past eight years. It is a relationship built on shared values and the belief that together we can make a difference.”

ADL’s New Enviro400H City Bus

ADL’s new version of their market-leading Enviro400 double deck was unveiled today at the opening of Coach & Bus Live, held at the UK’s National Exhibition Centre, in Birmingham, and recognised as one of the major “shop windows” in the European bus industry calendar.

Launching the hybrid City bus Colin Robertson announced that a multi-million order had already been secured for the new bus and 19 will go into service with Arriva London, on Route 78, before the end of this year.

He added: “This is a spectacular, new-look vehicle that will bring a further dimension to transport in the suburbs and the city centre of London. It builds on the ‘London look’ with a glazed stairwell, wrap-over rear saloon windscreen and a series of unique design features that reduce solar gain. Significantly, it also represents an evolution of Britain’s best-selling hybrid bus, our Enviro400 double deck, which has a reputation second-to-none for fuel economy, reduced emissions, reliability and all-round performance, hence the reason that almost 900 ADL hybrids are already in operation across the UK”.