Some 130 double-decker zero-emission e-buses have now been rolled out across Coventry as part of a £140m project led by the city’s local National Express service.
Since debuting in August 2020, National Express Coventry’s e-buses have collectively covered more than 2.5 million miles (4,023,360km) and reportedly saved 4,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide.
The 130 Enviro400 e-buses in operation were all built in the UK, specifically in Falkirk, on a BYD chassis.
According to National Express, the buses produce zero carbon emissions at the tailpipe and are powered by renewable energy, thanks to a combination of solar panels, a second-life battery system and chargepoint infrastructure installed at National Express Coventry’s bus depot.
Charging the buses takes four hours and they can travel up to 175 miles (281km) on a single charge, depending on the season.
The project’s funding comes from a combination of government support and National Express investment.
In 2021, Transport for West Midlands secured £50m from the UK Department of Transport to transition Coventry’s entire bus fleet to zero-emission electric buses, along with the necessary charging infrastructure.
The initiative builds upon the success of a previous project that introduced 10 battery-electric double-decker buses in 2020, backed by £2.2m from the Ultra-Low Emission Bus Scheme.
As a result, 80% of National Express Coventry’s fleet now comprises zero-emission vehicles.
To support these efforts, Coventry recently completed the installation of 1,250 charging sockets.
Councillor Jim O’Boyle, Coventry City Council’s cabinet member for jobs, regeneration and climate change, said: “This is great news. It’s a significant step toward 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.”
EV fleet and battery storage specialist Zenobē has offered its Electric-Transport-as-a-Service (ETaaS) to support the rollout.
The solution includes on-board replacement batteries, charging infrastructure, and a software platform for energy monitoring and operational support, which it hopes will ensure the reliability of Coventry’s electric bus fleet.
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