The first of 21 new all-electric double-deckers entered service on the York Park & Ride network in July. The full order of Metrodecker EVs, manufactured by Optare in Yorkshire, will gradually replace existing diesel vehicles in an investment totalling £9.3m expanding the fully electric fleet on York Park & Ride to 33 buses.
As part of the overall investment, First York has spent £1m upgrading the charging infrastructure at its James Street depot including a new electricity sub-station.
The vehicles, which herald new-look York Park & Ride branding and feature audio visual next stop technology, USB charging points and Wi-Fi connectivity, have been supported with £2.7m funding secured by City of York Council from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).
The new buses will play an essential part in delivering York’s voluntary bus-based Clean Air Zone, whilst at the same time providing an enhanced experience for users.
As well as improving local air quality each bus saves almost one kilogram of carbon dioxide emissions for every kilometre travelled. It is estimated 1.6 million tonnes of CO2 a year will be saved when the 21-bus Metrodecker fleet is complete (based on 80,000 km travelled).