First Bus and City of York Council partner to launch zero-emission fleet

Posted: 28 August 2023 | | No comments yet

York takes a leap towards sustainable transit with First Bus and City of York Council introducing a fleet of zero-emission buses, signalling a shift towards cleaner, greener urban transportation.

First Bus and City of York Council partner to launch zero-emission fleet

Credit: First Bus

First Bus, in partnership with City of York Council, has announced that it has ‘switched on’ a new fleet of zero-emission buses for York in a transformation that will see its depot become one of the first outside London to be fully electric.

The buses herald a new York Electric branding with the first vehicles operating from 27 August 2023 on the Service 4 route from the city centre to Acomb. Electric buses will then gradually be introduced on to selected corridors in the coming weeks with services 1 and 5 expected to follow soon.

The full order of 53 double-deckers and the single-decker are manufactured in Northern Ireland with features including audio visual next stop technology, USB charging points and Wi-Fi connectivity. The fleet represents a total investment by First Bus of £13 million supported with £10.2 million funding secured by City of York Council from the UK government’s ZEBRA scheme.

Each bus will save up to 60 tonnes of carbon emissions a year, meaning an anticipated annual reduction of more than 3,000 tonnes of CO2 when the full fleet is in operation. The buses can carry around 90 passengers and have a range of up to 200 miles on full charge.

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Andrew Cullen, Managing Director of First Bus in North & West Yorkshire, said: “We’re proud to unveil these latest zero-emission buses and are confident they will appeal to our customers and attract more people to consider bus travel by realising the real impact this has in reducing congestion, creating cleaner air and supporting the York economy.”

Councillor Claire Douglas, Leader of City of York Council, said: “Bringing this new technology to York is an exciting, important step towards a healthier city and reaching our key goal of being net zero by 2030. As the York fleet gradually becomes fully electric, I hope it will attract more and more people to using buses as we deliver a vision for cleaner, more efficient ways of getting around our city.”

As part of the overall investment, the depot is currently being transformed with the installation of power charging and infrastructure to handle the full zero emission fleet, which will total 86 buses.