The British bus building industry has been given a massive boost when Falkirk-based manufacturer Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) announced that it has won orders for almost 1,000 vehicles, worth £220 million, all of which will be delivered in the next 18 months.
ADL’s success is fuelled by two revolutionary new buses. The first is a ground-breaking, three-axle double deck for export markets that is lighter, more fuel efficient, easier to maintain – and can carry 135 passengers. It is known as the new generation Enviro500 and its launch is arguably the most successful of all-time, securing orders for over 530 from Hong Kong’s leading bus operators.
Alongside this, in the UK market, ADL is set to introduce its next generation hybrid-electric bus. There are already 600 Dennis hybrids operating in the UK, in many cases achieving fuel and CO2 reductions of 60% compared to previous diesel equivalents. Their latest technology will introduce stop-start hybrids, enabling zero emissions as vehicles pull away from bus stops. ADL expects this to reduce fuel consumption and emissions by another 8-10%.
And market confidence in the new technology is so high that ADL has already received advance orders for 150 vehicles. They will be delivered between now and the summer of 2013, going into operation with fleets such as National Express, Stagecoach, FirstGroup, Go-Ahead, London United and Metroline (London).
In addition, ADL’s market-leading Enviro200, a highly manoeuvrable, small, fuel efficient midi bus, continues to be a world best-seller in this sector and orders for 175 have been won. These are for both home and export markets and will be delivered in the next six months.