Nottingham on route to 100% electric bus fleet by 2028

Nottingham City Transport expects 24 zero-emission buses to take up service by the end of March. The new fleet will help NCT end the use of diesel buses in the English city in line with Nottingham's climate targets.

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The new ZEB fleet will help NCT end the use of diesel buses entirely by 2028, said managing director David Astill.

The first twelve of the 24 single-decker buses are expected to be in operation at the end of the month, with the remainder arriving two months later. A further 24 electric solo buses have been ordered and are due to follow in 2025. NCT is also planning to order electric double-decker buses in 2025.

As for the current order, the transport operator opted for electric buses by Yutong, which will cost about £400,000 each (nearly €467,000).

The e-buses have a range of up to 275 miles thanks to LFP batteries and will run on the Pink 30, Blue 39 and Red 50 routes.

Charging will occur overnight using charging infrastructure installed at the Trent Bridge Garage.

The total cost of the Nottingham electric bus project, including infrastructure, is £34m, almost 40 million euros. About £15.2m of the investment has come from the Department for Transport’s Zero Emission Bus Regional Areas fund, while the remaining £18.8m is investment by NCT itself.

During a Nottingham City Council committee meeting last week, the company’s managing director Astill said government funding was a “massive incentive”, but plans to convert the entire fleet to electric would only be achievable if funding continued.

NCT targets transitioning its entire fleet to electric by 2034.,


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