Manchester gets 32 double-decker e-buses: Enough bus charging infrastructure has been rolled out by Centrica in Manchester to power a total of 32 fully-electric double-decker buses.
That comes after securing £6.9 million in funding from the Department of Transport’s Ultra Low-Emission Bus Scheme (ULEB) and after a partnership with the transport group Stagecoach, which is delivering one of Europe’s largest single investments in electric buses.
Operating on two services the e-bus fleet connects Manchester city centre, airport, five hospitals and two universities, saving an estimated 920,000 litres of diesel a year and reducing annual carbon dioxide by 2,400 tonnes.
Each bus is equipped with two charging points and each charger has twin 40kW AC feeds – this means when combined, buses can be recharged in just three and a half hours.
The design and delivery of the charging infrastructure was led by Centrica Business Solutions, which includes on-site solar generation and a charger energy management system.
Managing Director of Stagecoach Manchester, Elisabeth Tasker said: “This is a significant milestone in the history of transport in Greater Manchester and represents one of the biggest single investments in electric buses anywhere in Europe.
“It will deliver major benefits for our customers, the region and other road users in delivering greener transport on some of Manchester’s busiest roads.”
Head of Fleet Partnerships at Centrica Business Solutions, Chris Jackson commented: “The success of this project came as a result of sharing our expertise derived from a long history in energy, infrastructure and optimisation.”
Manchester gets 32 double-decker e-buses