York’s Park and Ride to be fully charged in another clean air coup
York is set to boast the country’s first fully-electric Park & Ride fleet after securing funding for 24 brand new emission-free buses.
City of York 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.
A state of the art ‘Pantograph’ charging system will offer 5-minute, hands free charging.
Councillor Ian Gillies, Executive Member for Transport, said: “This is truly exceptional news for the entire city, and a further step towards our goal of a fully electric bus fleet for York. Every electric bus can prevent air pollution caused by diesel bus engines – so 24 more will have a massive impact on the air that we breathe.
“We’re proud that the government has acknowledged our ambition, and that our Park and Ride service is leading the way in making York an even healthier and more attractive place to live, visit and do business. We look forward to working with our partners at First to get the best value, highest performing fleet to continue the Park and Ride success story.”
Councillor Andrew Waller, executive member for the environment, said: “To meet our air quality health obligations it was clear that we need an electric Park and Ride fleet, and by pressing for central government funding the council has enabled this to take place.
"I welcome the position that York will be in being a leading city, and that more vehicles are electric and low emission in our air pollution hotspots.”
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.”