Tuesday, December 7, 2021

UK’s Leicester to electrify 200 buses by 2030

The city of Leicester (United Kingdom) has presented a plan that aims to convert half of the bus fleet to electric drive by 2025. The entire fleet is supposed to follow by 2030. This involves more than 200 vehicles.

The first stage of the plan is to get 96 electric buses into operation by spring 2024, thanks to a grant from the British government.

The local public transport operators FirstBus and Arriva are responsible for the Implementation. FirstBus will put 68 of the 96 electric buses into service, all of which will be solo buses.

Arriva will put 22 double-decker electric buses into service, the remaining six solo electric buses will remain in the possession of the city and will be assigned to contractually defined routes in the city.

The procurement will be supported by £19 million from the government’s ZEBRA (Zero Emission Bus Regional Areas) program until 2024. The total investment is estimated by the city at 47 million pounds , of which FirstBus will contribute 15.7 million pounds, Arriva 10.1 million pounds and the city 2.2 million pounds.

The partners expect 96 new electric buses to be in service by spring 2024. This will mean that more than a third of Leicester’s bus fleet will be fully electric, serving routes used by more than half of the city’s bus passengers.

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