26 Dec 2016


The 13 buses have a new dedicated parking and charging area at the Queens Drive park-and-ride site. Nottingham’s pioneering electric bus investment reached a key milestone with the official launch of the UK’s first all-electric park-and-ride services. Although electric buses operate on York’s park-and-ride, they mix with diesel versions.

The bus purchase has been facilitated by a £1.4m grant from the DfT Green Bus Fund, plus £2.1m from the NCC Workplace Parking Levy. The 13 new electrics add to the 45 Optares already in service and combine to make the largest pure-electric bus fleet in Europe.

Further funds were received from the Department for Transport Local Sustainable Transport Fund, Plugged in Places, Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and the European Union Remourban Project. The new buses replace Euro 4 Scania ‘deckers, operated under contract by Nottingham City Transport.

Since starting in 2012, the existing electric bus fleet reached the one million mile mark earlier this year, generating fuel savings of £300,000, reductions in carbon emissions of 1,050 tonnes and improved air quality. The whole Electric Bus Project has cost over £15m, with a third coming from the Workplace Parking Levy and rest from government grants. The City Council will shortly be consulting on plans to introduce a Clean Air Zone over the next three years, taking in 100 bus stops and two bus stations across the city centre. This will aim to set a minimum entry standard with Euro 6 for certain sensitive areas with high pedestrian use by 2020.

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