Mellor says it has seen strong initial demand for its new Sigma range of zero-emission models. The firm, which last December unveiled what it says is the widest range of electric buses from a single manufacturer in Europe, reports that it has secured orders from UK and Europe-based operators that span the entire Sigma line-up, though as yet no large fleet orders have been announced.
Sales secured through competitive tender processes include Sigma 7 and Sigma 9 high-floor buses for the London Borough of Islington, Sigma 8 buses for Shuttlebus, Sigma 10 buses for Dumfries and Galloway Council, and a Sigma 7 bus for Pinewoods Holiday Parks.
With configurability claimed to be a key appeal for Sigma customers, Mellor has worked with the London Borough of Islington to develop a high-floor version of the Sigma platform for use on specific routes.
Sales Director Mark Clissett said: “The demand we’ve seen for Sigma since its launch at the end of last year, and following the customer demonstration days at Millbrook in March, has been very encouraging. We launched Sigma to provide operators with a zero-compromise, zero-emissions bus range that is highly configurable to their requirements. The breadth and diversity of the orders we’ve received so far is testament to the need for a model like Sigma in the marketplace.”
The Mellor Sigma line-up comprises six models with overall lengths from seven to 12 metres, ‘city’ and ‘rural’ specifications, and an array of specification options that broaden the range to more than 20 variants.