The passenger transport operator Stagecoach has announced plans to acquire more than 100 electric double-deckers buses for the greater Manchester area. The first of the 105 new Enviro400 EV City buses will likely hit the roads in summer 2019.
The Alexander Dennis designed double decker buses have a range up to 190 miles (305 km) and can carry 80 passengers, and will be constructed with BYD battery and power electronics expertise.
Cost for the electrification of the bus fleet, which is expected to be completed by “early 2020”, will run at about 56 million pounds (62 million euros). Stagecoach themselves are invest 34 million into the project, while the rest is apparently dependent on a bid for a recently-announced 21.5 million pound subsidy called the Ultra-Low Emission Bus Scheme, which aims to cut emissions in the area.
Martin Griffiths, Stagecoach CEO was confident regarding the potential of their plans: “By working together, bus operators, the Mayor and the region’s local authorities can deliver the quick and sustained improvements we all want to see in Greater Manchester’s bus network.”
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