All-new high capacity hybrid London bus powered by Vantage
Power technology hits the road
Vantage Power, a London-based company developing award-winning electrified and connected technologies for heavy-duty vehicles, has today announced the customer hand-over of the UK’s first hybrid triple-axle double-decker bus.
Developed in partnership with Purfleet-based operator-dealer Ensignbus and BCI of China, the Enterprise 2HD represents an all-new class of vehicle for the UK market, and will set a new standard for low emissions, fuel consumption and operator costs while providing
unrivalled levels of passenger comfort. The Enterprise 2HD contains the latest in Vantage Power’s electrified and connected powertrain technology, and sees a Euro VI range extender paired with two compact high power lithium-ion battery packs totalling 29kWh, fully electrified ancillaries, an electrically powered rear axle, and Vantage Power’s unique hybrid vehicle control unit and telemetry
The first vehicle has been bought and will be trialled by Go-Ahead Group – London’s largest bus operator – on route 12. Passengers will enjoy the smooth, quiet ride, and benefit from USB chargers and mobile phone holders in every seat. The Enterprise 2HD carries 130 passengers – a 52% increase over the 85 passengers carried on a typical double-decker bus – and a potential game-changer for reducing congestion on London’s streets.
Alex Schey, CEO of Vantage Power said, “I am delighted to see Vantage Power’s highly innovative electrified and connected technologies power this unique vehicle, and I look forward to working with our partners to prove this out in the demanding London operating environment.”
Richard Harrington, Engineering Director of Go-Ahead said, “We are pleased to partner Transport for London (TfL) on another innovative scheme designed to make bus travel even more attractive in the capital. This Enterprise Two HD bus is the UK’s first Euro Six hybrid triaxle and will be deployed on Route 12 (Oxford Circus to Dulwich Library), where passengers will benefit from USB chargers, phone holders, upgraded seats and full airconditioning. This high-capacity vehicle additionally delivers another product to the market
and along with our partners, we will closely evaluate its performance over the coming months.”
John Perkins, one of Go-Ahead’s drivers and among the first to inspect the vehicle commented: “This has got to be, without doubt, the best bus on London’s roads.”
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