Green makeover for York bus.
3:41pm 3rd September 2014
One of York’s renowned City Sightseeing buses has become the first double-decker bus in the world to get an electric makeover, thanks to a successful bid for funding by City of York Council.
The City Sightseeing bus, operated by Transdev, will be in operation from September after becoming the first double decker to be converted from diesel to pure electric with lithium ion batteries, similar to those used by mobile phones.
The council was awarded £75,433 in October 2013 to convert the 15-year old City Sightseeing bus to fully electric drive, after successfully bidding for the Department for Transport’s (DfT) Clean Bus Technology Fund. The bus will travel all day without needing to charge.
Marcus Jenkins of Magtec, said: We are delighted to work with City of York Council and Transdev to get the world’s first retrofit electric double decker sight seeing bus into service.
“The retrofit conversion from diesel to electric of the City Sightseeing bus will produce a cleaner, greener transport experience for visitors as they enjoy the sights of York.
“Magtec’s ability to retrofit this type of bus with our electric drive train systems opens up a world of opportunity for similar local authorities and operators to upgrade their existing vehicle fleets. This is the first retrofit system for buses that provide the benefits of zero emission in operation that also makes commercial sense for the vehicle operator.”
This also forms part of City of York Council’s Low Emission Strategy (the first strategy to be adopted in the UK in 2012) which aims to enable the uptake of low emission vehicles and reduce emissions of air quality pollutants and greenhouse gases.
Thousands of people use the City Sightseeing buses every year, including residents and tourists, which supports York as one of the UK’s top visitor destinations.
Jane Lady Gibson, Chairman of Visit York, said: “This is good news for York and we’re confident this will prove popular with many of the city’s seven million visitors.’
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