FlixBus introduces England and Wales’ first electric coach service

Posted: 26 February 2024 | | No comments yet

Commencing from March 2024 to June 2024, passengers can experience the emission-free journey along FlixBus’s route between London, Bristol and Newport (South Wales).

FlixBus introduces England and Wales' first electric coach service

Credit: FlixBus

FlixBus has announced plans for the initiation of the first 100% electric long-distance coach service in England and Wales. Scheduled to commence from 21 March until June 2024, passengers will have the opportunity to experience the electric vehicle along a FlixBus route connecting London, Bristol and Newport (South Wales).

The electric coach, designed to be emission-free, will undergo a three-month trial period within FlixBus’ long-distance coach network in collaboration with Newport Transport. With a capacity of 46 seats, the coach offers amenities such as a toilet, USB charging points and complimentary Wi-Fi, in addition to being PSVAR compliant to accommodate wheelchair-bound passengers.

Andreas Schorling, Managing Director of FlixBus UK, said: “This is a huge step forward for the UK coach sector, transforming the already low-carbon mode of transport to zero-emission at the tailpipe through innovative technology.”

Charging facilities for the electric vehicle will be available at Transport UK London Bus (formerly known as Abellio) depot in Battersea, London and Newport Transport’s headquarters in South Wales. 

FlixBus announces expansion in collaboration with Newport Transport

This eco-friendly initiative is projected to save approximately 352kg of carbon emissions per day along the designated route compared to conventional diesel-fuelled coaches, thereby contributing to enhanced air quality. Over the course of the pilot programme, it is estimated to prevent more than 21 tonnes of CO2 emissions. If implemented on a daily basis for a year, the potential CO2 savings could exceed 126 tonnes, potentially replacing up to 17,950 car journeys.

David Jenkins, Interim Managing Director of Newport Transport, said: “Newport Transport has been leading the way in bringing electric vehicles to our network of local bus services in South East Wales and into England and bringing this electric vehicle to the intercity coach market is the next big step.”

Andreas Schorling continued: “Coach travel is already a fantastic option because it’s comfortable, sustainable and more affordable than other forms of transport. However, this pilot project sets us apart, and we’re really proud to be leading the way on vehicle transformation.”

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