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first_imgHard on the heels of the launch of the first its 12m electric bus in London on Friday, BYD is using today’s CENEX LCV exhibition at Millbrook, Bedfordshire, to reveal its 10.8m model.The Nottingham vehicle is similar to the 51 buses now entering service with Go-Ahead Group on behalf of Transport for LondonSpecially developed for the UK market, the new 10.8m model “matches the needs of many British bus operators for a more compact vehicle, which delivers zero emission capability,” says BYD.Visitors to CENEX LCV will be able to try the bus in service; it is operating a shuttle service from the car park.The BYD 10.8m on show can carry 76 passengers, 26 of them seated. The range on a full charge is 211 miles (under the internationally recognised SORT 2 test conditions). Two 90kW electric motors are fitted and the batteries can be recharged in only four hours.Future models will be built in co-operation with Alexander Dennis (ADL) with which BYD is in partnership, combining BYD’s world-leading battery technology and EV expertise with ADL’s lightweight Enviro200 body.The new 10.8m model is available for orders now with deliveries from spring of 2017.Until now the BYD 12m ebus has been the standard offering in the UK. The latest version this is also on show at the trade-only event. It is one of 13 shortly to enter service in Nottingham, BYD’s first major fleet order outside London.The vehicle on display is to the latest specification and has space for 66 passengers, 42 seated. Maximum range under SORT 2 is 200 miles and the charging time is 4-5 hours.The Nottingham vehicle is similar to the 51 buses now entering service with Go-Ahead Group on behalf of Transport for London. The first buses of this, the largest fleet of full size electric buses in Europe, were inaugurated into service in a ceremony last Friday by London Mayor Sadiq Khan.Speaking today at Millbrook, BYD UK Country Manager Frank Thorpe says: “LCV represents a further significant step for BYD in extending our product range.“The availability of a 10.8m version of the ebus alongside the 12m enables us to meet the needs of a broader community of British operators, particularly some in provincial cities.“Of course we have more models to introduce as well – our world first double decker is on trial in London, more single decker models in other lengths will be offered in due course.“Next week at the IAA Hanover show, operators can see another pioneering BYD model – the world’s first pure electric sightseeing coach.”Mr Thorpe adds: “All BYD buses and coaches are designed to complete a full day’s duty cycle on a single charge.“This avoids unwanted downtime and enables low cost off peak electricity to be used. We can also assist with the charging infrastructure and our expertise in electric power storage gives us the potential to provide integrated solutions to operator needs.”The new 10.8m model is available for orders now with deliveries from spring of 2017last_img read more