Xplore Dundee orders 12 NFI electric double-deck buses
by CM Staff
The 12 BYD ADL Enviro400EV are Dundee’s first zero-emission buses.
LARBERT — NFI Group Inc., an independent bus and coach manufacturer, announces on Dec. 10 that the ADL and BYD electric vehicle partnership has supplied 12 British-built electric double deck buses to bus operator Xplore Dundee. These new vehicles will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and deliver cleaner and more sustainable mobility along one of Scotland’s most polluted streets.
The ADL and BYD UK electric vehicle partnership is a UK electric bus producer. ADL is a subsidiary of independent bus manufacturer NFI, while BYD is a company involved in batteries, energy management and electric mobility. Xplore Dundee is based in Dundee, Scotland, and is part of McGill’s.
Built locally in Scotland at ADL’s factory in Falkirk, utilising BYD’s background in batteries and integrated powertrain technology, the 12 BYD ADL Enviro400EV are Dundee’s first zero-emission buses. Once driver training is complete early in 2022, the buses will run on Xplore’s route 28, serving the city’s Lochee Road, which is currently the fourth most polluted street in Scotland. The introduction of these electric buses will further improve local air quality in a city, Dundee, Scotland, that is at the forefront of the electric vehicle revolution, with a council-owned fleet of more than 150 EVs.
“NFI is pleased to provide these electric buses to drive zero-emission mobility in Dundee, Scotland, a city that is gaining worldwide recognition for its ambition and vision,” said Paul Soubry, President and Chief Executive Officer, NFI. “The evolution to zero-emission transportation is accelerating around the world, and NFI continues to lead the charge through the provision of industry leading vehicles, infrastructure, service, workforce development and aftermarket support.”
The deployment of these electric buses in Dundee comes shortly after the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference, also held in Scotland, where similar BYD ADL electric buses played prominent roles in the transport of delegates as well as state leaders.
“This is a milestone moment for us at Xplore Dundee – we are so proud to bring these electric double deckers to Dundee, the first of their kind for the city, said Christine McGlasson, Managing Director, Xplore Dundee. “Our fleet is now three-quarters low or zero emission – and we’re not going to stop there. We believe that buses are the solution to pollution, and as part of the McGill’s group we intend to continue investing in our fleet to provide a cleaner, greener public transport offering to the people of our Dundee.”