Five years at the cutting edge

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In March 2022 I had the opportunity to visit the Norfolk-based site of Equipmake, talk to the genius that is Ian Foley and then test drive a left-hand drive Todo Bus-bodied Agrale MT17.0LE with an Equipmake electric motor fitted, on Snetterton Airfield. I knew from that visit on that Equipmake was set for big things in our industry.

Outgoing Editor Richard Sharman takes a look back at over half a decade behind the news desk and out on the road

Starting out as a journalist, then senior journalist and now Editor of CBW, I often get asked by those in the industry what the job is like. For me that was always an easy answer; as an enthusiast, if I could have invented the perfect job that incorporated my interests it would be this one. Who wouldn’t love test driving the latest new coaches and buses before anyone else, driving differently-powered vehicles, be it gas, hydrogen or electric, and also having the opportunity to drive some classics.

Whilst that side of the job is normally organised well in advance, the other part of the job is much more unpredictable. This is an industry that has also been full of surprises, which is what makes it so interesting. Whilst we are not in the 1990s any more, where companies were changing hands on a weekly basis, the industry has still managed to throw up some huge surprises.


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