£910,000 of funding from the Government and NCC has paid for the new vehicles
Nottinghamshire County Council (NCC) has taken delivery of the first BYD ADL partnership 10.8m provincial specification electric buses.
The two new buses entered service on Monday, running on routes 510 (Beeston Bus Station to Stapleford Memorial Gardens via Toton Park & Ride) and 511 (a loop shopper service from Stapleford Memorial Gardens).
The single-decker, BYD-powered Enviro200EV buses are funded by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) scheme – with a total of £910,000 funding from the Government and NCC. With 36 seats installed, each bus has an overall capacity of 70 passengers.
Nottinghamshire County Councillor John Cottee, Chairman for Communities and Place Committee, said: “This is a significant moment for public transport in our county with the first electric buses due to serve local communities in the Stapleford, Toton, Beeston and Attenborough areas.
“These buses built in Falkirk by ADL in partnership with BYD are at the forefront of the ‘green‘ revolution in zero emission bus technology and will help improve air quality and reduce CO2 emissions – as well as informing future fleet investment decisions by the County Council.”
Speaking on behalf of the BYD ADL partnership, Frank Thorpe, BYD’s UK Country Manager, said: “These two vehicles demonstrate the attractive features of our joint design for use on provincial services.
“We are anticipating many more orders for this now well-proven combination of ADL’s stylish bodywork and BYD’s advanced pure electric drivetrain.”