York is set to boast the country’s first fully electric Park & Ride fleet after securing funding for 24 brand new emission-free buses.
The council has been awarded £3.3 million funding from the Department for Transport’s ‘Low Emission Bus Scheme’ for high capacity, fully electric buses and hyper charging points following a national competitive bidding process.
18 new double deckers and 6 new larger single deckers will be match-funded through the scheme. They will join the 11 existing electric buses during the new Park & Ride contract starting in 2018, along with three new electric buses which were already planned for the service.
The additions to the fleet will mean that 35% of all York’s bus journeys will be on ultra low emission vehicles.
The double deckers have a 200kWh battery capacity and will be capable of running all day on a charge through most of the year, with hyper charging points to boost the distance buses can travel between full charges.
State of the art ‘Pantograph’ charging system will offer 5-minute, hands free charging.
Transport Minister Paul Maynard said:
“City of York Council’s plans will make a real difference in cleaning up emissions from buses in the local area.
New greener buses will be more comfortable for passengers, they are cost efficient and are good for the environment.
I am pleased that our funding will deliver 24 new electric buses for York.”
For more information on York’s Park & Ride visit https://www.itravelyork.info/park-and-ride