Electric buses with wireless charging set for UK runs in Milton Keynes
PostedJanuary 13, 2014
The UK can celebrate the launch of its first electric bus routes, to swing into operation this month in Milton Keynes, where eight electric buses will be running, taking over a busy “Number 7” 15-mile route, and covering two suburbs of Wolverton and Bletchley. These buses are the first of their kind in the UK. The new timetable will be implemented later this month. The electric bus fleet is operating as a five-year, multi-partner trial program. Among the participants are the European division of Japanese company Mitsui and design engineering consultancy Arup According to Arup, the data collected in the Milton Keynes trial could be used to kick-start electric bus projects in other towns and cities worldwide
The launch this month is a test to see if these electric buses, which are to run a continuous, 17-hour service, can match their diesel counterparts in performance under busy real-world conditions. The program is to be closely monitored in order that the program’s participants can assess if these buses’ technical and commercial viability meet expectations.
“If we can demonstrate true parity with diesel buses during this trial, we’ll have reached a tipping point for low-carbon transport – we’ll have proved it can be cost-effective as well as green,” said Professor John Miles of Cambridge University, department of engineering and Arup consultant.