The Association welcomes the news Alexander Dennis Ltd have announced that their partnership with BYD will see electric chassis for the UK market designed at constructed at their UK plants in the second half of 2021. This is directly attributed to the growth in demand for zero-emission vehicles for the public transport fleet. With over 500 EV buses (approximately 70% of the UK EV bus fleet) delivered since the two companies entered a partnership in 2015, all on chassis units imported from BYD plants in China, the partnership is key player in the decarbonisation of transport in the UK. Construction of the complete vehicle should further enhance efficiency and reduce the embodied carbon in the manufacture of the vehicles.
We have previously toured the factory in Falkirk and hope to return after lockdown to learn more about the integrated production.