Nottingham previews first battery bus

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Following its successful ZEBRA bid in partnership with Nottingham City Council, the first 12 Yutong single deck buses are now in build for Nottingham City Transport, destined for use on its red 50, pink 30 and blue 39 routes by the end of the year. The new buses promise a host of improvements for customers including air-conditioning, re-positioned visual next stop screens, including one which can be seen from the wheelchair bay, extra leg room, a hearing loop system and no tip up seats in the wheelchair space.

Infrastructure works also began at the start of June with contractors carrying out the first steps to connect the company’s Trent Bridge garage to the National Grid. Liam O’Brien, NCT’s Head of Engineering, said, “Following a rigorous public procurement process and operational trials of several electric buses, Yutong Bus & Coach were a clear winner to deliver our first battery electric buses. The buses are superior in terms of range, space and comfort for passengers and have air conditioning as standard.”

Ian Downie, Head of Yutong UK at Pelican Bus and Coach, added: “We are absolutely delighted and honoured to have been awarded this contract to work in partnership with NCT. The vehicles will be fully completed at our family owned dealership in Castleford, and we look forward to supporting Nottingham on its zero-emission journey.”

Nottingham City Transport’s first electric buses are in build. NCT