UK: Brighton & Hove Bus Company has become the UK launch customer for the Alexander Dennis Enviro400ER hybrid bus.

The Go-Ahead Group subsidiary has ordered 30 of the buses, which are due to begin operating on route 5 later this year, and will run on batteries in Brighton city centre.

The double-deck Enviro400ER bus uses BAE Systems’ Electric Range hybrid technology. It can run for up to 4·8 km using 32 kWh lithium nickel manganese cobalt batteries, which are charged from an internal generator powered by the diesel engine.