Manchester Orders Its First Electric Buses
Manchester joins several other cities in England with EV buses as Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) orders 13 Versa hybrid 12m-long school buses and 3 Versa 9.7m-long electric buses. Those three electric buses will be the very first in Manchester and should go into operation in a few months.
Electric buses, bought thanks to support from the Department for Transport’s Green Bus Fund, will operate on the Metroshuttle routes linking the main rail stations, car parks, shopping areas and businesses in Manchester city center.
Howard Hartley, TfGM Head of Bus, remarked:
“We are committed to investing in buses with low carbon emissions and strong environmental credentials as part of a collective effort with operators to make Greater Manchester’s bus network – which caters for 216 million journeys a year – as green as possible.”
“We have been happy with the performance and reliability of our current buses, and the support we have received from Optare, so are pleased to be expanding the number of hybrid vehicles within our fleet.”
John Horn, Sales Director at Optare, commented:
“Optare has had a strong start to 2014, so we are particularly pleased to announce another high value order. Transport for Greater Manchester’s decision to invest in more of Optare’s advanced hybrid and electric powered buses is a great testament to the reliability and cost effectiveness of our vehicles.”