Electric buses which their developers say can run all day are set to begin service
A fleet of 8 new electric buses will operate along a busy route in Milton Keynes from late January. The buses can run for longer by virtue of a wireless booster charge they receive at the start and end of the route from plates in the road.
“Electric buses have huge potential and we’re exploring how they can help us take better care of the environment without compromising passenger service,” said John Bint of Milton Keynes Council.
“With the help of the project collaborators, we’ll be monitoring the buses closely over the next five years.”
The buses are the first of their kind to operate in the UK, although similar projects have worked in cities in Italy, the Netherlands and Germany. Read more on the BBC website>
2017 Update : The project 3 years on
Elitis the urban mobility observatory posted an update on the 8 electric buses on 1st May 2017, 3 years into the project. The results so far seem positive:
“Eight Wrightbus StreetLite electric buses are now in operation along a route in Milton-Keynes as part of a multi-stakeholder project.
Leaving the depot at 6am, the buses can travel a maximum of 190 miles and return at 23:30 with at least 40% of their charge remaining. Each week around 17,000 passenger journeys are completed with the electric vehicles.
In addition to charging overnight at a depot, the buses are also topped up at bus stops and at the end of their routes. When the bus stops on top of a charging plate, the driver lowers a plate located on the bottom of the bus. The two plates do not touch, but rather rely on a magnetic charge to charge the battery.”
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