Decarbonising coaches

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The only current option in the UK for operators seeking an electric coach is the Yutong TCe12. JONATHAN WELCH











Following the recent online conference, Jonathan Welch looks at the CPT’s new coach decarbonisation taskforce

On Wednesday 1 December the CPT held its inaugural online conference looking at ways to decarbonise the coach industry and inform the Government’s roadmap for achieving the transition to a zero-emission coach fleet. Although Baroness Vere was unable to attend as scheduled, the conference heard from a number of voices from across the coach industry and beyond about how the move to zero emissions could look, and what is already taking place.

A number of sessions addressed the key barriers operators face to decarbonising their coach fleets, including concerns over the range of batteries on electric vehicles, the lack of on-route charging infrastructure, and the higher purchase price of zero-emission vehicles. Delegates heard from industry figures from companies including National Express, Yutong and the Green Finance Institute, as well as Andrew Westcott from taxi company Addison Lee who spoke about its pledge to use only electric vehicles from 2023 and how it has approached the challenges, to provide a different perspective.

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