Alexander Dennis and partners launch COP26 electric bus tour from London to Glasgow to highlight net zero projects

Oct 18, 2021

  • The ‘Road to Renewables’ bus tour starts in London at one of Europe’s largest overnight charging garages for electric buses and home to the innovative Bus2Grid project
  • The COP26 branded electric bus will visit zero-carbon energy projects across the UK, reaching Glasgow in time for the climate change conference
  • The EV tour will showcase the national effort underway to decarbonise

Forth Valley for Net Zero supporter, Alexander Dennis Ltd (ADL), is taking part in a unique COP26 electric bus tour from London to Glasgow to celebrate low carbon energy and transport projects that are transforming our lives.

SSE, Go-Ahead Group, SWARCO, and bus manufacturers BYD and Alexander Dennis are using the EV tour to showcase the national effort already underway to decarbonise. Launched with two weeks to go until COP26 starts in Glasgow, the 11-day tour kicks off at Go-Ahead’s Northumberland Park bus garage in north London, one of the largest overnight charging garages for electric buses in Europe, to showcase the people and places driving the transition to net zero.

The site is also home to the Bus2Grid project, led by SSE, BYD, UK Power Networks, TfL, and other partners, which aims to enable electric buses to become two-way chargers capable of putting power back into the Grid. Northumberland Park can charge 100 electric buses overnight and London currently has 950 electric buses on the road or on order.

As part of the ‘Road to Renewables’ tour, the COP26 branded bus will visit numerous net zero projects across the UK. This includes meeting young green engineers at a pioneering offshore windfarm and visiting zero-carbon energy trial projects in Oxford and Peterborough. Its journey will end in Glasgow on October 29th three days before COP26 gets underway. There, the bus will open an official charging garage in the city ahead of the climate change summit.

The vehicle being used on the ‘Road to Renewables’ tour is a BYD ADL Enviro400EV [pure electric] double decker built in Britain by Alexander Dennis in partnership with BYD. It has a range of 160 miles, enough to get from London to Sheffield on a single charge. It is the UK’s best-selling electric double decker electric bus and one of 1,000 BYD ADL electric buses already on the road or on order. Since 2015, BYD has partnered with ADL to produce in the UK pure-electric single and double deckers. BYD provides bus chassis, batteries and core powertrain technology, and ADL manufactures the bodywork of the bus with a stylish appearance.

Paul Davies, Alexander Dennis President and Managing Director, said: “As a global leader in the design and manufacture of double deck buses and the UK’s largest bus and coach manufacturer, Alexander Dennis is playing its part in the road to net zero by supporting thousands of skilled green jobs.

“Our British-built zero emission buses can not only reduce local air pollution and support the transition to net zero, but also help to underpin the opportunities for the bus manufacturing industry to prosper.”

Watch Paul Davies, Alexander Dennis President and Managing Director, talk to Andrew Wilson, a Petroineos Grangemouth apprentice, about the role electric and hydrogen-powered buses manufactured in Larbert in the Forth Valley can play in tackling the climate emergency.

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