Saturday 13 April 2013

Nottingham Optare Order

Nottingham City Council have placed an order with Optare for 20 electric vehicles. The order will result in the city taking a lead in the introduction of this advanced technology into its public transport network with what is thought will be the largest free-running EV bus fleet in Europe.
Nottingham City Council already has eight Optare Solo EV models in daily use delivering a quieter, smoother and emissions-free travelling experience for passengers on its high frequency CentreLink and MediLink city centre services. They have proved highly popular with users and are contributing to the City’s ambitious target of achieving a reduction of 26% in carbon emissions by 2020 when compared with the levels in 2005.

Councillor Jane Urquhart, portfolio holder for Planning and Transportation at Nottingham City Council, said: “This is a welcome addition to our fleet of buses. We have award winning public transport in Nottingham and a strong commitment to the environment. These buses will help us to continue leading the way in efficient, greener transportation.”

Photos © Dennis Basford
Nottingham City Transport was named 2012 Bus Operator of the Year
NCT are already users of Optare vehicles in both EV and diesel configurations.
They also recently announced orders here for 40 Scania chassis (N230UD 4x2), to be fitted with ADL E400 full-height double-deck bodywork.