An Optare Metrocity EV has spent the festive period on trial with Stagecoach Inverness.
The operator already operates six Optare Solo EVs; the first with fully electric heating, branded Inverness ElectiCity. The vehicles have served routes in Inverness since June 2015.
Russell Henderson, Engineering Director at Stagecoach Highlands and Islands, commented: “Sustainability and tackling climate change are at the heart of our business and we actively seek to trial the very latest technology to support this strategy.
“Following the success of the Optare Solo EV fleet in Inverness, we were keen to trial the larger extended range Metrocity EV with its greater passenger capacity and put it through its paces in winter conditions. We have been extremely impressed with the Metrocity EVs range and performance during the trial and all our drivers have enjoyed driving it.
“The feedback from passengers has also been very positive, with many commenting how quiet, comfortable and smooth the vehicle is.”
Robert Drewery, Commercial Director at Optare, said: “There are now over 100 Optare electric buses in service in the UK and Europe. As a manufacturer, we remain committed to working with local authorities and operators to deliver efficient and effective zero emission transport solutions that improve air quality in our towns and cities.
“I am delighted that the Metrocity EV has delivered an impressive performance for Stagecoach Inverness.”
Optare said it is currently building vehicles utilising higher density batteries and advanced integral lightweight construction to deliver improved range, reduced power consumption and lower cost of ownership.