23 Feb 2016


Two ADL Enviro400 ‘Virtual Electric’ buses are to be trialled in Bristol in a partnership between bus operator First West of England, the Department for Transport, Bristol City Council and University of the West of England. The buses use geo-fencing technology to enable them to run on pure electric mode in areas of low air quality, producing zero emissions, and the move follows the city’s role as European Green Capital last year.

The two virtual electrics use induction charging to top up their batteries. A charging plate is installed at the route terminus at UWE’s Frenchay Campus.

The buses operate since the end of January on service 72 which runs from the city centre to UWE’s Frenchay Campus via Whiteladies Road & Gloucester Road. They will run in full electric mode throughout the city centre, and the diesel engine kicks in to recharge the batteries at the start of Whiteladies Road. Once the buses reach the more polluted Gloucester Road they will again revert to all-electric mode.

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