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Coventry bid to become first all electric bus city reaches next stop

Coventry Editorial 24th Sep, 2023   0

A MAJOR project to transform the city into the UK’s first all-electric bus city by 2025 has taken a major step forward as 80 per cent of National Express Coventry’s fleet is now zero-emission.

The firm has introduced 130 new double-decker zero-emission all-electric vehicles to operate in the city.

The latest 130 vehicles follow the 10 fully electric double-decker buses introduced by National Express Coventry in 2020.

A £140million project has seen National Express Coventry’s electric buses travel over 2.5 million miles since they were first introduced in August 2020.

This has seen 4,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide saved.

The new buses produce zero carbon emissions at the tailpipe and are powered by renewable ‘green’ energy thanks to solar panels, a second-life battery and charge-point infrastructure.

They take four hours to charge and can run for up to 175 miles depending on the time of year.

Coun Jim O’Boyle, the City Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs, Regeneration and Climate Change, said: “This is great news. It’s a significant step towards the decarbonisation of the city’s transport network, building on the Council’s investment in a public chargepoint network, and our investment in new cycle routes.

“I’ve used the new electric buses and they’re very smart, comfortable to ride on, and, most importantly, are good for our environment.”


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