Alexander Dennis (ADL) has supplied the electric double deckers to Stagecoach for a project between the operator and the Greater Cambridge Partnership.

Passengers on the Citi 6 route in Cambridge will be the first in the UK regions to benefit from the BYD ADL Enviro400EV when the double deckers enter service on Stagecoach’s city network on 17 February.

The BYD ADL Enviro400EV is built in ADL’s factories in Britain on chassis supplied by its electric bus partner for the UK market, BYD.

Stagecoach has opted for the 4.2m low-height version of ADL’s City style body, seating up to 70 passengers on ADL SmartSeats. The 10.9m long vehicles provide room for a further 13 standing passengers.

“Over the years we have steadily reduced the environmental impact of our diesel buses and now 32% of the fleet have the most efficient Euro 6 engines,” said Stagecoach East MD, Michelle Hargreaves.

“The addition of the electric vehicles is a further step forward in our attempts to keep emissions to a minimum. Over the past decade across the UK, Stagecoach has invested more than GBP1bn (US$1.3bn) in new greener vehicles and by the end of 2020 it will have one of the biggest electric bus fleets in Europe.”