First fully electric bus trialled

Posted on 17 Dec 2018 and read 532 times
First fully electric bus trialled National Express West Midlands (www.nationalexpressgroup.com) recently trialled a new fully electric Alexander Dennis Enviro200Evo (www.alexander-dennis.com) for a week on the streets of Birmingham, Solihull and Coventry.

Bernie Cassidy, engineering director at National Express West Midlands, said: “We believe that electric buses are the future, and we are working closely with central government, local councils and Transport for West Midlands through the Bus Alliance to make this a reality.

“Within 18 months, National Express plans to have electric buses operating regularly in Solihull, Birmingham and Coventry.

“Although electric cars have been around for a while, this technology is relatively new in buses, so my team was really keen to get its hands on this demonstration-model electric bus — putting it through its paces to see what it’s like to drive and maintain.”

The ADL Enviro200Evo does not have a ‘central engine’; instead, electricity from a series of roof-mounted batteries drives each back wheel separately via 90kW hub motors.

The bus can cover 160 miles on one charge, and it can be fully charged up in less than four hours.

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