Tuesday 22 February 2022

Stagecoach Electrics Have Travelled a Total of 106,321 Miles and Saved 74 tonnes of C02

Since the launch in February 2020 of the BYD ADL Enviro400EV electric buses which were launched in Cambridge two years ago by Stagecoach East, the two zero-emission vehicles have collectively travelled a total of 106,321 miles and saved 74 tonnes of C02.

The buses are zero emission and can travel 160 miles on a single charge.

Alexander Dennis has supplied the electric double deckers to Stagecoach for a project between the operator and the Greater Cambridge Partnership, supporting an improvement in air quality in the city centre of Cambridge and giving the opportunity to inform potential future investment in a zero emission bus fleet.

The fully-electric vehicles re-charge every time the bus slows down and have a triple battery design which provides power for approximately 160 miles.

They each consume around 2kWhr of electricity per mile, which is comparable to leaving your oven on for an hour.

Full charging, which takes eight hours, takes place overnight to provide an efficient service during daytime operational hours.

Stagecoach East has said the vehicles are a far more environmentally friendly mode of transport.

Managing director Darren Roe, said: “The climate crisis is an imminent threat so we are taking proactive measures to innovate and invest in the best methods to improve the impact of transportation on the environment.

“The electric buses in Cambridge have proved to be hugely successful over the past two years and we are now looking at the best options for the next steps. Over a third of our fleet now use greener engines and we are committed to buying only ULEB (Ultra low emission buses) which have 30% less wheel-to-wheel CO2 than the standard Euro 6 bus.

“Bus travel reduces congestion and is more eco-friendly than car travel, but we’re committed to taking this further and prioritising the planet.”

Cllr Elisa Meschini, Chair of the Greater Cambridgeshire Partnerships’ Executive Board, said: “I am delighted to see how well the electric buses have been received by residents, and how they’ve helped to slash emissions and cut pollution on our city’s roads.

“The GCP is currently developing bold plans to truly transform the bus network that would make buses an even more attractive and green travel choice to keep people moving while cutting congestion and improving air quality at a time when actions to reduce our collective effect on the climate are at the forefront of people’s minds.”