Chennai, August 04, 2020:
Hinduja Group flagship, Ashok Leyland,
recently announced that its subsidiary Optare PLC has delivered 21
battery-electric Metrodecker EV double-deckers to UK-based First York.
This Metrodecker is a part of the 107
Metrodecker EV order that Optare received since the product was launched 18
months ago. Each Metrodecker EV with First York can carry 98 passengers,
although that capacity is currently restricted due to social distancing
The model delivers a range in excess of
160 miles. The buses carry a new blue-based brand for the York park-and-ride
network. They have audio-visual next stop announcements, wi-fi and USB charging
Vipin Sondhi, MD & CEO, Ashok
Leyland, said, “We are proud of the progress Optare has been making in
developing sustainable solutions for public transport. Optare has the know-how,
technology and experience to help cities with reducing emissions from buses.
The total Metrodecker order book is 107, and as increased adoption of EV tech
happens, Optare will certainly lead this transformation. Optare continues to be
a key piece in our overall strategy to be amongst the Top 10 CV makers
These Metrodecker EVs have been
developed from prototype by Optare in a partnership with First York and the York
City Council which began three years ago. They are made and fully assembled at
Optare’s factory in Sherburn.
The Metrodecker EVs are among the
first new vehicles to have entered service with First UK Bus since it announced
its commitment to achieve an entirely zero-emission fleet by 2035. The first fleet
of Optare battery-electric Versa EVs entered service on the York park-and-ride
network in 2014.