The electric bus partnership between Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) and BYD, previously active in the UK, Ireland and New Zealand, is expanding to Australia, thanks to an agreement with Australian company Nexport.
Nexport builds and supplies e-buses in Australia, as previously reported also in cooperation with BYD - but until now with delivery from the Chinese plants. Under the new agreement, Nexport will in future assemble bodies for Alexander Dennis' Enviro family of electric buses with BYD chassis for the Australian market.
It said the goal is to provide bus types that are not currently available to operators in Australia, including a 9.7-meter electric city bus, as well as 11.6-meter and 12.5-meter models. The first of these e-buses are expected to hit Australian roads in early 2022, with volume production starting by the end of 2022.
"We continue to look for innovative ways to drive the move towards zero-emission mobility around the world, and this strategic partnership between ADL and Nexport will help support this development in the Southern Hemisphere," said Paul Soubry, CEO of ADL owner NFI. ADL Managing Director Paul Davies added: "We believe our world-renowned buses can help deliver the country's decarbonisation agenda."