A brand new fully electric fleet of buses is in the pipeline for Nottingham city council after it’s success at securing an additional £1.5million to purchase eleven more electric buses to add to it’s growing fleet.
The council currently has eight fully electric buses in operation and with the addition of the next eleven; it will push the total number in the fleet up to fifty.
This new plan to incorporate fully electric public buses was first put into motion when funding worth £4million was secured from the government’s Green Bus Fund. This fund is designed to allow local authorities and bus companies to incorporate low carbon buses without having to pay for them themselves. The fund has so far given more than £89million pounds for the introduction of more than one thousand of these electric buses.
It’s a step in the right direction for the government’s Ultra-Low Emissions Vehicle (ULEV) strategy, which plans to see a completely carbon free UK road network by the middle of the 21st century. The Go Ultra-Low awareness campaign is also currently in operation raising awareness of the benefits of electric vehicles. Over £50million will be invested by the government up to 2020 to help in the transition over to zero-emission vehicles, which of course includes the general public.
Personally speaking, we believe that electric buses will make journeys by bus much more relaxing and much more pleasant for those on foot in city centres where the number of buses are usually at their highest. The lack of a noisy diesel engine will also be pleasant, as there’s nothing more distracting than hearing one of those, whether you’re on board or not.
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