Electric double deckers used in air improvement programme
Stagecoach will operate two electric double decker buses on the Citi 6 route in Cambridge from 17 February.
The buses are part of a project with the Greater Cambridge Partnership to support an improvement in air quality in Cambridge city centre; and also to help inform potential future investment in a zero emission bus fleet.
Michelle Hargreaves, Stagecoach East Managing Director, said the introduction of the electric vehicles was a milestone for the company: “Over the years we have steadily reduced the environmental impact of our diesel buses and now 32% of the fleet have the most efficient Euro 6 engines.
“The addition of these electric vehicles is a further step forward in our attempts to keep emissions to a minimum. Over the past decade across the UK, Stagecoach has invested more than £1 billion in new greener vehicles and by the end of 2020 it will have one of the biggest electric bus fleets in Europe.”
The buses were supplied by bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) and BYD Europe via their electric vehicle partnership, in the first use of the zero-emission BYD ADL Enviro400EV vehicle in the UK outside London. ADL is a subsidiary of leading independent global bus manufacturer NFI Group Inc. (NFI), and BYD is a global leader in batteries, energy management and electric mobility.
ADL Chief Executive Colin Robertson said: “Double deckers are the backbone of bus services in Britain. The BYD ADL Enviro400EV enables their electrification, having been designed to provide a viable operational range without compromising the passenger experience.”
Each bus will carry up to 70 passengers.