We've got the power! Come and see your new electric buses on Saturday 18 August

13-08-2018

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, and Saturday 18 August will be your first chance to come along and get 'up close and personal' with your new buses. 

Come and meet the team on Oxford Street in Harrogate (beside McDonalds and behind Primark), between 10am and 3pm on 18 August. You'll have the chance to take a look around your new buses, get your selfie in the drivers seat, bag yourself some electric-themed goodies and more!

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: “It's the technology which powers these new buses – using 'opportunity charging' via masts on three departure stands in Harrogate Bus Station – which really sets these buses apart from anything seen before in this country. We're immensely proud to be first in the UK to introduce these amazing new buses and in the process, achieve 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.

Alex explains: “Each bus will receive a rapid power charge at the bus station as customers board the vehicle, providing enough power from a seven minute charge to complete 35 miles – which is ample to support the three routes on Harrogate's urban bus network where these buses will run.

“The infrastructure providers will go live with the uprated power supply in mid-August, at which time we'll introduce these superb new vehicles to Harrogate.”

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. 

Look out for your amazing new electric buses hitting the roads very soon! 

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