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Eco buses trialled for York

Bus (Electric)

2:34pm 18th November 2010

City of York Council has teamed up with First York to run a trial of new, low emissions buses in the city as part of an attempt to cut down on CO2 emissions and improve air quality.

The buses will be trialled on the Designer Outlet Park and Ride route for six months from early December and bus users will be urged to give their feedback on their experience of the new buses.

During the trial different types of vehicles will be tested, including electric and hybrid vehicles.

The electric buses can be charged from mains electricity in six hours and emits no CO2 emissions while in use. Even when emissions from generating the electricity to charge the vehicle are taken into account, the buses still emit 50% less CO2 than comparable diesel buses.

The hybrid vehicles use technology to recover energy generated while braking to charge an electric motor and also have a diesel engine for use when the electric motor is low on power. These vehicles emit 40% less CO2 than normal diesel buses.

Liberal Democrat Executive Member for City Strategy, Councillor Steve Galloway said:

“I am grateful to First York for their work in making these vehicles available for York residents to try out. They use technologies which we can expect to become common place during the next decade.”

“I would very much welcome residents comments on the buses. Any suggestions will influence the development of a low carbon/low emission transport system in the City.”

As the buses are being trialled on the Designer Outlet route they will pass through the Air Quality Management Area on Main Street and Fulford Road and the results of the trial will be fed into Fulford’s Air Quality Action Plan.

The Air Quality Action Plan is being developed by City of York Council thanks to a £72,750 grant from the Government.

Fulford’s Liberal Democrat Councillor, Keith Aspden, also welcomed the trial. He said,

“Air Quality on Main Street and Fulford Road is a concern for local residents so I am sure they will be pleased to see practical steps being taken to look for a solution.”

“Fulford’s conservation area means that there is limited scope for any fundamental changes to the road layout. It is important that we look to technology like this to reduce the emissions of vehicles using the road.”

“I look forward to finding out the results of the trial and I would encourage residents and bus users to feed back their thoughts on the new buses.”

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