Alexander Dennis signs £660 million deal with BYD

27 October 2015  •  Author(s): Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

Bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) has signed a £660 million contract with pure electric bus manufacturer BYD to introduce revolutionary emission-free buses on the roads of Britain.

Alexander Dennis signs 660 million pound deal with BYD

ADL’s current Enviro200 bus

Signed during the UK state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping, the two parties agreed a £660 million deal to build 200, 12-metre single deck buses per annum over a 10-year period. The contract also opens up the potential to more than triple the order in the next 10 years, resulting in a possible agreement worth £2 billion. The companies are already in advanced discussions with a view to extending their alliance to include double deck buses.

Alexander Dennis and BYD in advanced discussions for a possible £2 billion agreement

The BYD-ADL collaboration deal was signed today by Wang Chuan-fu, Founding Chairman of BYD, and Colin Robertson, Chief Executive of ADL, with both men confirming that their ultimate objective is to transform global transport systems to pure electric, emission-free buses.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, BYD’s Mr Wang said: “Working with top industry partners such as ADL will enable us to speed up acceptance of our vision for fully-electrified public transport systems that can make a major contribution towards the clean air challenges facing cities around the world. ADL’s know-how and local market experience in the UK, combined with their global expertise in the double deck sector and our class-leading knowledge of electric technology, creates the perfect platform to jointly develop a range of cost effective, emission-free vehicles to suit every requirement.”

ADL’s Colin Robertson added: “This is the start of an exciting journey with enormous potential and we are delighted to be working with BYD. Their expertise in electric vehicle technology is second-to-none, while we have a global reputation for robust, reliable, high performance vehicles that deliver what they promise – and are backed by world-leading parts and service support, both in the UK and international markets.

“The combined strengths of BYD and ADL create a powerful new alliance and I look forward to our business relationship flourishing in the years ahead. It is a fine example of British-Chinese co-operation and two innovative companies working together to create cleaner, greener transport solutions. It is also important to recognise that it is initiatives like this that help us support 2,500 ADL jobs and a further 1,500 in our build partnerships around the world.”

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