Electric bus fleet arrives in Liverpool

03 October 2017

The Merseyside city of Liverpool has become the latest region in the UK to adopt an electric bus fleet.

It is also the first city outside of London to partner with BYD and ADL, the alliance that uses Chinese battery technology inside a British-designed bus.

At a ceremony in the city held by Liverpool City Region Bus Alliance (made up of Arriva, Stagecoach and Merseytravel) a fleet of 12 BYD/ADL Enviro200EV 12m buses were ‘introduced’ to the new Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region Steve Rotherham, as well as various key stakeholders and the media.

The buses will be operated by Arriva Merseyside and begin service later this month on the City Centre Circular Routes 26 and 27, known as The Belt.

The delivery of the buses follows a joint bid under the Government’s OLEV scheme by Arriva North West and Merseytravel. The new buses will operate an intensive service from the Liverpool One bus station and be based at Arriva’s Green Lane bus depot in Liverpool. BYD chargers have been installed in the depot.

The buses will cover 100 to 130 miles per day and will be charged overnight. In line with all ADL BYD joint products, the buses are designed to operate a full day’s duty cycle on one charge, without the need for disruptive ‘top up’ charging during the working day and enjoy the benefit of lower cost off peak electricity. They have room for 38 seated passengers and 32 standing, with USB sockets throughout.

Howard Farrall, Arriva Merseyside Managing Director, said, “Arriva is committed to ensuring its fleet meets the latest clean vehicle standards. We are extremely proud to be joining forces with ADL and BYD UK at the forefront of the electric bus revolution. This new partnership will further contribute to Arriva’s ‘Destination Green’ environmental goal, which includes ambitious plans to reduce carbon emissions, conserve energy and invest in renewable sources”.

The ADL BYD partnership has 157 buses in full-time service in the UK, on various routes across Greater London.