Falkirk bus maker Alexander in €220m Berlin deal

Falkirk-based bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis said it will build a new fleet of double deck buses for Berlin.

Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) has awarded Alexander Dennis the contract to supply Enviro500 three-axle double deck buses.

The first new buses are due to arrive in Berlin in 2020.

“An initial delivery of two pre-series vehicles has been agreed,” said Alexander Dennis.

“After successful tests and trial operation, the acceptance of a minimum of 70 vehicles is guaranteed.

“In a further step, BVG’s current plans envisage a fleet of 200 Enviro500 on the streets of Berlin in the near term.

“The present decision of BVG’s supervisory board allows the order of up to 430 buses from the framework contract.

“The maximum investment volume is €220 million.”

Dr Sigrid Evelyn Nikutta, BVG Chairwoman of the Management Board and Operations, said: “Yellow double deckers are a well-known landmark of Berlin.

“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.”

Alexander Dennis CEO Colin Robertson said: “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.

“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.”