30 Aug 2017


Buses undertake many miles of travel in urban areas and traditionally run on diesel fuel, which produces CO2 emissions and has been proven to have a negative impact on air quality. Therefore, steps are being taken to drive down emissions by the Department for Transport (DfT), which, through the Low Emission Bus Scheme, has provided grants for deployment of low emission buses and related infrastructure on existing routes around the country.

Positioned across the UK, variations of gas, full-electric, hybrid-electric and hydrogen fuel cell buses will be procured and operated by bus operators. TRL will carry out data collection and analysis of bus and infrastructure performance, cost savings and environmental impacts to create insight reports for the DfT and the bus industry. This will allow government and bus operators to make informed decisions about how to best develop their low emission bus fleets and infrastructure.

The trials are already underway and TRL will be looking to report back the interim projects findings in just over 12-months’ time.

The project win adds to a growing portfolio of innovative research projects for TRL in future transport areas such as low carbon and automated vehicles. Notable projects include the GATEway project, one of three UK projects to test ‘driverless’ vehicles in UK urban locations; MOVE_UK, a three year project to test driverless systems in the real world and the Consumers, Vehicles and Energy Integration (CVEI) project, an integrated energy and transport project to encourage wider adoption of plug-in vehicles. TRL is also involved in Electric Nation, the world’s largest electric vehicle trials, and the UK arm of the ZeEUS project, which aims to facilitate the widespread introduction of electrified bus systems in Europe.


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