Metrodecker EV to be trialled on York Park & Ride

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The vehicle is the first purpose-built electric double-decker to be trialled outside the capital

First York will be the first operator outside of London to trial a purpose-built fully electric double-decker bus.

Representatives from City of York Council, First York and Optare welcomed the Metrodecker EV, which will be trialled on the York Park & Ride network and selected city routes over the next month. The trial began on Monday, August 14.

The zero-emission and fully electric bus has the capacity to carry 99 passengers and has a range of almost 150 miles from one overnight charge.

The new vehicle is being trialled in York following the recent announcement that improvements will be made to the city’s Park & Ride scheme.

Marc Bichtemann, Managing Director at First York, said: “This is another milestone to celebrate in what is already a thriving Park & Ride scheme in York.

“As one of the UK’s major bus operators, we understand the vital role we play in helping to solve the air quality challenge facing the country and I’m thrilled to welcome the trial of the future of bus travel to York today.”

Cllr Ian Gillies, Executive Member for Transport at City of York Council, commented: “I’m delighted to welcome this new addition to York’s green public transport fleet. There will be at least three electric double-deckers among the 14 electric buses on our Park & Ride routes.

“These Park & Ride buses will play a major role in continuing to improve the air quality in York, as well as giving an increasing number of passengers a safe, quick journey across the city.”

Robert Drewery, Commercial Director at Optare, added: “After the success of the Optare electric buses currently operating in York, we are thrilled to be trialling the first fully electric Optare double-decker in the city.

“We see this as a breakthrough in public transport and look forward to seeing these vehicles in operation across the country, improving air quality in our towns and cities.”