Alexander Dennis, the world’s largest double deck manufacturer, unveils an extended product range at the APTA Expo, opening today in the Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta.
Alexander Dennis Inc. (ADI) continues to increase its North American product range, manufacturing footprint, support network and team with an investment exceeding $20m since the last APTA Expo in 2014, underlining the company’s long term commitment to this significant market.
ADI’s exhibits in Hall C include two variants of the Enviro500, the world’s best-selling double deck bus and the Enviro200, the versatile and flexible single deck feeder bus. Two Enviro500 double decks are also providing delegate shuttle service from hotels to the Congress Center on the red and blue routes for the duration of the APTA Expo.
The high passenger capacity Enviro500 is already proving its value in cities around the world. In America alone, close to 1,000 of these vehicles form the backbone of fleets in Seattle, Las Vegas, San Francisco, New York, Ottawa, Victoria and Toronto. Working in partnership with the customer, these commuter vehicles are designed with a range of options and specification customized to meet local requirements and the customer’s operational objectives. The Enviro500 exhibit at APTA, one of a fleet of 32 vehicles owned by Sound Transit, is an example of the high level of specification which makes these vehicles a firm favorite with passengers, transit agencies and operators.
A further iteration of this best-selling model, the Enviro500 SuperLo at a height of less than 13ft, transforms the interurban transport landscape in cities with height restrictions. Thanks to engineering expertise and innovative chassis design, the SuperLo’s height saving has been achieved while maintaining the current spacious interior saloon dimensions which maximize passenger comfort. The fully accessible Enviro500 SuperLo vehicles carry up to 81 seated passengers in a contemporary environment with reclining seats, individual reading lights, armrests and air vents. The extensive 212 cubic feet luggage compartment completes the layout of this interurban commuter vehicle.
Since amicably exiting a successful joint venture in spring 2017, ADI has taken back full ownership of the development, design, manufacture and support for the Enviro200 in North America. With over 18,000 Alexander Dennis Enviro200 single deck buses delivered to markets around the globe, this proven and maneuverable vehicle provides reliable, fuel efficient feeder bus transport. Developing, manufacturing and supporting ADI’s extended product range has seen a multimillion dollar investment in the company’s North American manufacturing hubs in Nappanee, Indiana and Toronto, Canada. Providing class-leading aftermarket support is a core focus for ADI and investment has also been targeted to the company’s extensive parts hubs which total more than 30,000sq ft located in Nevada, Ottawa and Toronto. These strategically located facilities carry $7.5m parts on the shelf to maximize customers’ uptime.
Colin Robertson, CEO, commented: “This is an exciting time for our company – we are enjoying a strong growth trajectory. We are more than doubling output from our manufacturing sites in America to be able to deliver our range of vehicle solutions which not only respond to our customers’ operational needs and applications, but also delight their passengers, in turn increasing bus ridership. We have an ongoing multimillion dollar product development program to continue to stay at the forefront of our sector and see plenty of opportunity for the durable, reliable, fuel efficient vehicles we offer. The best is yet to come.”