ADL wins Berlin double-deck contract

Alexander Dennis will build a new fleet of double deck buses for Berlin. Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) has awarded Alexander Dennis a contract to supply up to 430 Enviro500 three-axle double-deck buses to Berlin with a minimum guarantee of 70 vehicles. The 13.8m Enviro500s for Berlin, which will have three doors, two staircases and 80 seats, are due to be delivered to Berlin in 2020.

An initial delivery of two pre-series vehicles has been agreed for trial operation, which will be followed by the batch of 70 buses. BVG’s current plans are for a fleet of 200 Enviro500s with an option to increase the order to up to 430 buses. The maximum investment is €220 million.

BVG operates around 1,500 buses with 441 million passengers a year. More than 400 double-decks are used on BVG services in Berlin, the largest fleet of its kind in continental Europe and one of the largest in the world.

“Yellow double deckers are a well-known landmark of Berlin,” says Sigrid Evelyn Nikutta, BVG chair of the management board and operations. “This tradition will now continue with the buses built by Alexander Dennis. Thanks to the flexible contract we will be able to adjust our purchase volume depending on how the electric bus market develops. It is part of our plan to electrify our bus fleet by 2030.”

“We are delighted that BVG, as a leading and innovative European transport operator, has chosen Alexander Dennis as the sole supplier of Berlin’s new double deck buses,” says Colin Robertson, chief executive, Alexander Dennis. “Our state-of-the-art Enviro500 vehicles offer benefits for BVG, its drivers and its passengers, as Alexander Dennis has already demonstrated with over 17,000 Enviro family double deckers for customers around the world. This new partnership with BVG is a significant step forward in our European expansion strategy.”