British bus maker wins major Berlin contract

30 October 2018

Leading British bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis will build a new fleet of double deck buses for Germany’s capital city.

Berlin’s transport provider, Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG), has awarded Alexander Dennis the contract to supply a fleet of Enviro500 three-axle double deck buses due to arrive in 2020.

The Enviro500 will be 13.8 metres long with three doors, two staircases and 80 seats,tailored to the requirements of operation in Berlin.

An initial delivery of two pre-series vehicles has been agreed, then after successful tests and trial operation, the a minimum of 70 vehicles is guaranteed. BVG’s current plans envisage a fleet of 200 Enviro500s on the streets of Berlin in the near term, though BVG’s supervisory board allows the order of up to 430 buses from the framework contract. The maximum investment volume is €220 million.

BVG operates around 1,500 buses, which last year alone transported 441 million passengers. More than 400 double deckers are used on BVG services in Berlin – the largest fleet of its kind in continental Europe and one of the largest in the world.

Dr Sigrid Evelyn Nikutta, BVG Chairwoman of the Management Board and Operations, said: “Yellow double deckers are a well-known landmark of Berlin. This tradition will now continue with the buses built by Alexander Dennis. Thanks to the flexible contract we will be able to adjust our purchase volume depending on how the electric bus market develops. It is part of our plan to electrify our bus fleet by 2030.”

Colin Robertson, Chief Executive at Alexander Dennis said: “We are delighted that BVG, as a leading and innovative European transport operator, has chosen Alexander Dennis as the sole supplier of Berlin’s new double deck buses. Our state-of-the-art Enviro500 vehicles offer benefits for BVG, its drivers and its passengers, as Alexander Dennis has already demonstrated with over 17,000 Enviro family double deckers for customers around the world. This new partnership with BVG is a significant step forward in our European expansion strategy.”