The buses can carry 98 passengers (currently restricted due to social distancing) and have a range of 160 miles from one overnight charge
- £9.3m investment in 21 Metrodecker EV double-decker buses
- Buses manufactured in Yorkshire by Optare
- Fully electric fleet to be completed during summer 2020
- 1.6 million tonnes of CO2 emissions saved every year
First Bus launches the roll out of the biggest zero emission park and ride fleet in the UK today (Thursday 30 July).
The first of 21 new all-electric double-deckers enter service on the York Park & Ride network, a partnership between First York and City of York Council, starting with the Askham Bar corridor to the south west of the city.
The full order of Metrodecker EVs, manufactured by Optare in Yorkshire, will be brought into operation this summer, replacing existing diesel vehicles in an investment totalling £9.3m and expanding the fully electric fleet on York Park & Ride to 33 buses.
Each bus saves almost one kilogram of carbon dioxide emissions for every kilometre travelled, which is estimated will mean a saving of 1.6 million tonnes of CO2 a year when the 21-bus Metrodecker fleet is complete*.
These are the first new vehicles to be introduced by First Bus anywhere in the country since the company announced on July 8 its commitment to achieve a zero carbon fleet by 2035.
Marc Bichtemann, Managing Director of First York, said: "We’re proud to be the operator of the biggest zero emission park and ride fleet in the country as we continue to partner with City of York Council to improve air quality in York.
“This is an important stage in our shared ambition to expand sustainable transport in the city. We are determined to attract more customers to using buses and realising the real impact this has in reducing congestion, creating cleaner air and supporting the local economy, not least as York continues its revival from the pandemic.”
The buses can carry 98 passengers (currently restricted due to social distancing) and have a range of 160 miles from one overnight charge, which means they can operate on the network all day without recharging. 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).