LibertyBus begins electric Metrodecker trial

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Jersey operator LibertyBus has announced it’s to trial an Optare Metrodecker EV demonstrator on the island over a six-week period.

On loan from the manufacturer, the electric double-decker will be put to the test to assess its suitability for the company’s routes.

Kevin Hart, Director of LibertyBus, explained: “It’s important to do a full trial of this bus to be sure it is right for the island and for our service. Whilst it’s on the road we’ll be monitoring passenger loadings, punctuality, reliability and charging and run times.

“We’ll gather feedback from drivers on how it handles the Jersey roads and from our customers about the experience on-board.”

Deputy Kevin Lewis, Minister for Infrastructure, welcomed the announcement: “I have been keen for us to trial electric buses in Jersey and I’m delighted that LibertyBus is now making this happen.

“This supports our sustainable transport aims and also the Government’s ambition to become carbon neutral by 2030. We will be working closely with LibertyBus monitoring the results of the trial.”

The vehicle will be starting its trial on route 15 on Wednesday 28 August.