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BYD, U.K. partner to supply 37 electric double-deck buses to London
Automotive News China | 2018/6/26

BYD Co. and U.K. bus and coach manufacturer Alexander Dennis have won a contract to provide 37 electric double-deck buses to London¡¯s public transport operator, Metroline.

The 10.9-meter-long (36-foot-long) buses are to enter service in the second quarter of 2019, BYD said. 

The buses were jointly designed by BYD and Alexander Dennis. BYD will supply the batteries and bodies, and Alexander Dennis will provide the interiors. 

The buses, powered by BYD¡¯s iron phosphate batteries and assembled by Alexander Dennis in the U.K., can run all day on a single charge using off-peak electricity.

It is the second time Metroline has ordered electric buses from BYD and Alexander Dennis. In 2016, the operator ordered 51 10.8-meter-long (35-foot-long) single-deck buses from the companies. 

BYD, China¡¯s largest electrified vehicle maker, assembles electric buses and other EVs in China, California, Scotland and Brazil, and is building plants in Hungary, France and Ecuador. 

In the first quarter, it delivered nearly 111,800 vehicles, which include roughly 82,100 gasoline models as well as 29,600 electrified vehicles.

BYD, headquartered in the south China city of Shenzhen, is listed in Hong Kong and Shanghai. It is partly owned by U.S. billionaire Warren Buffett.

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