As part of our initiative to reduce any negative impact on the environment, buses must be part of the solution for tackling congestion and poor air quality.
One double decker bus has the potential to take 75 cars off the road. We have been fitting our buses with environmentally-friendly engines and commissioning vehicles that are more sustainable – including more electric buses.
Go-Ahead has invested £200 million into Euro VI buses, which are significantly better for the environment than previous diesel engines. Euro VI engines produce 95% less Nitrogen Oxide emissions than a bus with a Euro V Engine. Metrobus’ Gatwick Fastway service will also soon be providing the first fleet of 20 fully zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell buses.
Go North East is making a £12 million investment in 54 high-specification, environmentally-friendly buses to add to their 170 low-emission buses that have joined the fleet. The investment also includes nine fully-electric single decker buses, which will be arriving in July 2020.
In September 2019, Brighton & Hove Buses will introduce the UK’s first extended-range double decker bus that is powered by electricity. Each bus has a small Euro VI diesel engine onboard to recharge the batteries. However, the diesel engine is geo-fenced, which means that the engine can’t be used when travelling through Brighton’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) – relying on electric power only.
As a responsible business, we must keep looking towards securing the future so that transport is part of the solution to combatting climate change.