Ahead of the 2019 General Election on Thursday 12 December, the UK’s political parties have started launching their battle buses.
The Liberal Democrats have chosen to use the UK’s first electric coach as their primary campaign vehicle. The Yutong TCe12, which is owned by Westway Coaches of West Molesey, London, has had a campaign livery applied by Wrap Cube of Tolworth.
The vehicle has a range of approximately 200 miles on a 150-minute charge. It will be charged at Westway’s depot and used for journeys within range of the depot. A spokesperson from Westway told CBW that a Van Hool Altano will be used for longer distance travel, also provided by the operator.
Labour’s battle bus has also been launched: a Yutong GT12 sourced from Nova Bussing of Rye. The vehicle was launched in Liverpool on Thursday, 7 November.
When CBW went to press, the Conservative Party had not revealed its campaign vehicle, but CBW understands that it will also be using a Yutong vehicle – a TC9.