We've got the power! Your electric buses are now in pilot mode13-08-2018
They're the first of their kind in Britain – and we're getting ready to unveil your amazing zero emission electric buses, destined to transform Harrogate into Britain's first low emission bus town.
We think you're really going to love your new buses - as well as being completely emission free, they're packed with incredible features, including air conditioning, free WiFi, USB power at every seat, wireless charging pads, 'countdown to departure' destination displays and audio-visual next stop announcements.
We can't wait to see what you think of them - they're now out and about on selected journeys in Pilot Mode, whilst we get ready to bring them fully into service for you.
We've invested £1.7million in eight new high-tech electric single deck buses to town, together with £2.25million of funding granted from the Government's Low Emission Bus Scheme.
Our CEO, Alex Hornby, said: "We're immensely proud to be launching our new electric buses in Pilot Mode, which brings us one step closer to achieving our vision of creating Britain's first Low Emission Bus Town right here in Harrogate.”
We've also worked closely with Harrogate Borough and North Yorkshire County Councils and the electricity infrastructure owner Northern Powergrid to install the infrastructure for the new buses. Charging masts are in place above three departure stands in Harrogate Bus Station, each fitted with a built-in transformer which converts uprated power at 1600 volts AC into a 600 volts DC supply, delivered via a pantograph on the roof of the bus. In addition, each bus will receive an overnight charge at the depot every two days to maintain peak performance.
Transdev was one of only 13 organisations across the country, and the only one in Yorkshire, to bid successfully for finance from the Government's Low Emission Bus Scheme towards the cost of the buses and infrastructure.
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