PHOTO CAPTION: Arriva electric bus, one of eight to be tested in the UK.

UK Launches 5-Year Electric Bus Trial

Eight electric buses will take over a route that even diesel buses find demanding: running 17 hours a day, seven days a week.

Published: 13-Jan-2014

Today, Baroness Kramer, the UK's Minister of State for Transport, officially launched an all-electric bus route that will test whether electric buses can perform on a par with their diesel counterparts in a real-world operational environment.

The buses will run for five years in a carefully monitored demonstration programme, which will objectively assess their technical and commercial viability.

The trial has been planned and will be managed by Mitsui-Arup joint venture MBK Arup Sustainable Projects (MASP).


Pair of zero-emission buses used by Nottingham, England's transit service.

Nottingham City Council will use £1.5m of government funding to purchase additional 11 electric-buses, bringing zero-emission fleet up to 50 vhiecles.

Worcester, Mass. Proterra electric transit bus. Insert shows quick-charge catenary.

In addition to announcing a $2,500 state rebate on the purchase or lease of an electric vehicle, the city of Worcester took delivery of six full electric transit buses.

TOSA Flash-charged electric trolly bus.

133-passenger articulated electric trolley bus can be charged in just 15-seconds using robotics developed by ABB.


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