ADL aims for Europe with 19 tonne hybrid
Spain has been selected as the launch market, with a vehicle developed in collaboration with Tata Hispano which will have exclusive marketing rights for the Enviro350H in Spain and Portugal. The launch model – unveiled in Madrid this week - has Tata Hispano’s Habit body; future vehicles will have the option of the company’s new Area body.
Colin Robertson, ADL chief executive, says: “We are delighted to be working with Tata Hispano on this project. These are exciting times. Our aim is to grow our presence internationally through technology leadership and innovation that makes a difference. To do this it is important to work with partner organisations that have their finger on the pulse and know their local markets intimately.”
The company’s next move will be in Australia, where it plans to launch a new model in March in partnership with Custom Coaches.
ADL says that its hybrid buses have now covered 2.2 million kilometres in service, achieving 30 per cent fuel and CO2 reductions and recording availability and reliability figures of around 97 per cent.
Robertson concludes: “Green solutions remain at the top of the agenda, both in transport and political circles and I believe we have a product that does what it says on the tin. Our objective now must be to take it wider afield and to demonstrate the contribution it can make in operational terms, particularly in driving down costs – and contributing to the wider, clean air targets being pursued by cities across the world.”
Photo: First view of the new ADL Enviro350H/Tata Hispano.