- Merseytravel: £4.9million for a total of 72 biomethane, hybrid or electric buses and associated infrastructure
- Nottingham City Transport: £4.4 million for 53 biomethane buses and infrastructure
- Reading Buses: £1.7 for 16 biomethane buses and infrastructure
Low emission buses produce at least 15% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than the average modern diesel bus but they typically cost significantly more. The funding will cover up to 90% of the difference in cost between a new bus and its diesel equivalent, as well as up to 75% of the cost of infrastructure.
The low emission bus scheme builds on the Green Bus Fund, which saw £89 million of government funding put more than 1,200 green buses on England’s roads – representing 4% of buses in service. The government has also invested more than £26 million since 2013 to retrofit more than 2,000 buses in pollution hotspots with low emission technology.
The government’s support for low emission buses is one part of a £600 million package of measures from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles by 2020, which also includes £400 million of guaranteed money for individual plug-in car grants, investment in ultra-low emission taxis, and research and development funding for innovative technology such as lighter vehicles and better car batteries.
In May last year, Reading Buses set a world record for a non-modified bus, attaining a top speed of 80.73 miles per hour and an average speed over a full lap of 76.785 mph, setting a new record in the process. The bus was one of Reading’s buses that operate on renewable natural gas and returned to urban duties the following day.
Source: NGV Global News