ADL schoolbus on tour

THE FIRST production vehicle of Alexander Dennis’ new schoolbus has been on the road conducting a tour of areas where contracts and tenders are imminent.

”The schoolbus has received a superb response from operators and local authorities,” says ADL’s Bill Simpson. “This is a critical time of year for the schools market and the feedback has been very positive.”

The Enviro300 Schoolbus seats 60 at 12.5m length or 54 seats plus a wheelchair. The Cogent Schoolbus seats are arranged in 3-and-2 format and come with integrated three-point belts. The first two rows of seats will be fitted on Unwin tracking to enable easy removal for a wheelchair space.

ADL points to the weight of the vehicle as a significant advantage over competitors in the dedicated schoolbus market. The Enviro300 has a total kerb weight of 8,550kg at 12m and 8,800kg at 12.5m with gross plated weight of 14,440kg.

The gentle sloping floor enables the driver or adult attendant to have a view of every child in the vehicle and the aisle width is perfectly adequate for an adult to pass despite the 3-and-2 seating.

The internal design of the schoolbus has also enabled extra length inside allowing additional rows of seats to be added without having to seek DfT approval to change the rake of the seats, according to Simpson.

The schoolbus has Cummins ISBe-185 5.9l engine with Allison T280R 4 speed automatic transmission as standard. Options include Voith DIWA D854.3 and ZF 5HP502C Ecomat.

The Enviro300 schoolbus roadshow started in Manchester on 23 May and visited Gloucester, Cardiff, Swansea and Carmarthen.

Ten vehicles are scheduled for delivery by September.