‘End-to-end’ finance is helping charge the electric bus revolution

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Both Alexander Dennis Ltd and Optare are supplying Metroline with its fleet of all electric double-deckers. JAMES DAY

London and Manchester are leading the way in electric bus roll-out, with fleets of double-deckers due to be operational in both cities later this year. Martyn Bellis, Sales Manager, Transportation, Siemens Financial Services in the UK, discusses the latest financing models which help to deliver an end-to-end electric bus solution

Poor air quality is estimated to contribute to more than 40,000 premature deaths in England each year, with emissions from cars and vans estimated to cost £6bn annually to the NHS and society. A growing number of transport operators are therefore moving away from traditional diesel models and investing in ‘greener’ buses. This summer, the largest double-decker electric bus fleet in Europe is due to be deployed by Transport for London (TfL). Sixty-eight will join the city’s fleet, increasing the number by more than tenfold. Two routes run by Metroline from Barnet to central London will be exclusively operated by electric double-deckers.
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