STAGECOACH IS PLANNING E-BUS FLEET OF 105 VEHICLES FOR GREATER MANCHESTER
The UK based Stagecoach Group announced an ambitious 56 million Pound proposal to procure 105 e-buses including charging infrastructure for Greater Manchester. After the 100 e-busses for the Amsterdam area in the Netherlands it is supposed to be the largest single investment in Europe in e-mobility.
Stagecoach revealed this 56 million pound investment depending on a bid for £21.5m in support from the Government's Ultra-Low Emission Bus Scheme, which is aimed at cutting emissions. Stagecoach, Britain's biggest bus and coach operator, has pledged to invest £34.6m in the ground-breaking project, which is backed by Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, Transport for Greater Manchester and other key organisations
Stagecoach is aiming for the introduction of the first 15 to 20 buses a month from summer 2019, with full roll out achieved by early 2020. Infrastructure works would begin in the autumn of 2018 and be fully completed by spring 2019, delivering a boost to local air quality and UK manufacturing, with the new fleet fully in place by early 2020. The 105 e-buses Stagecoach is planning would replace conventional Euro 3 and Euro 4 vehicles. The e-bus fleet will consist of Enviro400 EV City vehicles, each with a range of up to 190 miles and capacity to carry around 80 passengers, built by UK's manufacturer Alexander Dennis using battery and power electronics expertise from the Chinese automotive company BYD.
Part of the investment is a multi-million-pound in delivering infrastructure and power requirements at depot level. Stagecoach sees intelligent chargers to be used to limit loadings on the electricity supply and maximise vehicle availability. Major charging infrastructure would allow buses to be charged simultaneously, enabling a 24 hour-a-day operation.
Stagecoach is already the UK's biggest investor in hybrid-electric bus technology and has invested more than £1 billion in new greener buses over the past decade. Martin Griffiths, Chief Executive of Stagecoach Group, said: "This game-changing initiative is the biggest single investment in e-bus technology anywhere in Europe. It is a clear sign of our bold ambition to transform Greater Manchester's bus network.”
Transforming the air quality in Greater Manchester is one part of a wider multi-million-pound partnership blueprint developed by bus operators to deliver a step-change in the region's bus network.