Liverpool’s Electric Buses to Go Live on The Belt

Liverpool’s Electric Buses to Go Live on The Belt
One of the 12 brand new electric ADL Enviro200EVs shortly after delivery for Arriva North West.Alexander Dennis

The Liverpool City Region will have its first commercial electric bus routes next month when 12 new electric buses will be introduced in the final part of a £21 million investment into green technology by Arriva North West.

These environmentally friendly single deck buses were ordered in October last year following a successful Arriva and Merseytravel joint bid for £4.9 million of funding from the Office of Low Emission Vehicles.

This funding has seen a total of 72 brand new vehicles powered by alternative fuels enter service in the Liverpool City Region, including 51 hybrid double deckers and 9 single deck biogas buses.

In February 2017, a Yutong E12 demonstrator (YK66 CBC) previously unveiled at Bus and Coach Live 2016, was delivered to Green Lane depot for staff familiarisation purposes. Like the new vehicles, it was used on the 26/27 circular services, although for the trial period its batteries were charged from a mains socket. The Yutong demonstrator then spent time at Wythenshawe depot before moving to another operator.

The order is significant in that it is the first to be won by the ADL BYD partnership (with ADL as prime contractor on this occasion) outside London where the partnership has enjoyed considerable success, winning every Transport for London (TfL) tender so far for full size pure electric buses – a total of 157 are now in service or on order to serve TfL routes.

The new BYD D9URs for Arriva North West have been built with Alexander Dennis Enviro200 bodywork, and have been outshopped in Arriva’s new “Go Green” livery, emphasising the environmentally friendly credentials of these vehicles. On board, there are seats for up to 38 passengers with an overall capacity for up to 70.

As per Arriva standard for new vehicles along with the aims of the Liverpool City Region Bus Alliance, these buses are fitted with free WiFi, as well as 5V USB charging points for mobile phones and tablets; keeping passengers connected on the move.

At Green Lane depot, where the new buses are based, eight BYD charging points have been installed for the vehicles to be recharged overnight after completing their day of service. The buses will cover between 100 and 130 miles per day (most will operate 12 hours a day but one duty cycle calls for a 19-hour operating schedule) and will be charged overnight.

In line with all ADL BYD joint products, the new buses are designed to operate a full day’s duty cycle on one charge, without the need for disruptive ‘top up’ charging during the working day and enjoy the benefit of lower cost off-peak electricity.

For our enthusiast readers, the details of the new vehicles are: LJ67 DLX (7000), LJ67 DLY (7001), LJ67 DLZ (7002), LJ67 DME (7003), LJ67 DMF (7004), LJ67 DMO (7005), LJ67 DMU (7006), LJ67 DMV (7007), LJ67 DMX (7008), LJ67 DMY (7009), LJ67 DMZ (7010) and LJ67 DND (7011).

The new electric buses were introduced by Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, Steve Rotheram, who said: Modern, high-quality buses with access to Wifi and USB are important to a City Region committed to creating an exemplary public transport system, but so too is environmental performance. Low emission buses already make up 70 per cent of the Bus Alliance fleet and these zero-emission electric buses are now setting the future standard.”

Howard Farrall, Arriva Merseyside Managing Director said: “Arriva is committed to ensuring its fleet meets the latest clean vehicle standards. We are extremely proud to be joining forces with ADL & BYD at the forefront of the electric bus revolution. This new partnership will further contribute to Arriva’s ‘Destination Green’ environmental goal, which includes ambitious plans to reduce carbon emissions, conserve energy and invest in renewable sources.”

Kevin O’Connor, Managing Director for Arriva UK Bus, said: “Working as a partner within the Liverpool City Region Bus Alliance, we have been able to deliver newer, greener and technologically enabled buses for our customers. The 72 new eco-friendly buses introduced this year are the fruits of that successful partnership.”

The arrival of the 12 brand new all-electric Alexander Dennis Enviro200EV buses for the 26 and 27 Sheil Road Circular services further demonstrates Arriva’s mission to ‘Destination Green’.

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  • Paul Mason
    October 15, 2017, 11:21 pm

    The 12 BYD single deckers are still not in service in mid-October.

    There are three snags . The PVR of the 26/27 is 14, so two non-BYDs will be needed to augment the 12. Being realistic more will be needed as I can’t see all 12 of an experimental batch being available.
    The 26/27 is likely to need greater capacity during schools and Liverpool FC home games.
    The third is a SINK HOLE on Croxteth Road requiring a lengthy diversion affecting the PVR.
    I think the 26/27 should be operated by the MAN gas buses, 18 in total currently at Runcorn and the BYDs used on the Runcorn Busway 1/2. Runcorn, under Crosville ran a Leyland National with a battery trailer in the 1970s although it was more off than on. OF course the BYDs are ring fenced but augmentation , possibly using Green Lanes Volvo B5LH hybrids might be an idea.

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