The city of Nottingham in England has added 13 brand new electric BYD buses to its previous fleet of 45 electric buses, and has converted 2 park-and-ride services to zero-emissions services, according to recent reports.
The city’s new electric buses will be utilized on the CentreLink and EcoLink routes, which were apparently designed to help supplant traffic entering the city center (hence their integration with park-and-ride zones).
The existing 45-strong fleet of electricity buses, which were manufactured in Yorkshire by Optare, have apparently proved themselves quite useful to date — with over £300,000 (~$370,000) in fuel savings to date and the curtailment of 1,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases. These buses went into service in 2012.
Green Car Congress provides more:
“The investment in these zero emission buses is a part of Nottingham’s bid to reduce both greenhouse gases and improve air quality. With an expected Clean Air Zone to be in place by 2020, they are an essential part of the local authority’s anti-pollution strategy.
“The £15-million (US$18.5-million) project has been partly funded through the last round of the Green Bus Fund, the City Council’s Workplace Parking Levy and a number of other sources, including OLEV funding. This has enabled an expansion of the fast charging infrastructure for buses across the city and at Queens Drive Park and Ride.”
In related news, the city of Bilbao in Spain has added 2 new Irizar i2e electric buses to its fleet as well. These new 200 kilometer (~124 mile) buses will reportedly be used on a number of different routes. Notably, the buses utilize sodium-nickel batteries and possess “a nominal torque of 1500N·m and 180 kW of power.” These i2e buses reportedly possess a carbon footprint of 8.45 grams CO2 equivalent/passenger-kilometer traveled.
More and more cities are choosing electric buses. Is your city going electric yet?