All aboard the new electric bus in Leeds

A new zero-emission electric bus has been launched in the city of Leeds. Chinese bus manufacturer Yutong and British vehicle distributor Pelican Engineering Group have created the E10 city bus, which it claims is the first electric vehicle (EV) of its kind to be 10.8 metres long. The company has already deployed around 60,000 of its older-model electric […]

New £1.6m fund to drive Scottish emissions reductions

The Scottish Government has announced £1.6 million of funding to reduce emissions from buses. It is the first phase of the Bus Emissions Abatement Retrofit Programme (BEAR), an open competition delivered through the Energy Saving Trust. It will support bus operators with the financial costs associated with exhaust retrofit kits, which aims to reduce nitrogen […]

Hydrogen buses hit the roads across Chinese city

The first batch of mass-produced hydrogen-powered buses have been launched in the Chinese city of Wuhan. Co-developed by Wuhan Skywell New Energy Automotive Company and the Wuhan Tiger Fuel Cell Vehicle Company, the vehicles have a range of more than 450 kilometres, consuming only 5.2 kilograms of the gas every 100 kilometres. The 8.5-meter bus […]

London’s dirtiest buses in £86m retrofit

London’s most polluting buses are to be upgraded, cutting their emissions by up to 95%. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan announced around 5,000 buses will take part in the retrofit programme, bringing them up to the latest ultra-low Euro VI emissions standards. This is around half of the capital city’s existing fleet – by 2020 […]

Kosovo’s capital gets a green bus upgrade

Kosovo’s capital city has received a green upgrade in the form of new public transport. The arrival of the first 15 of Pristina’s new public buses marks the start of a new, more sustainable era for the city’s transport system. In June, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) loaned municipal transport firm Trafiku […]

New Low Emission Bus Zones for London

The Mayor of London has announced the introduction of 10 new Low Emission Bus Zones (LEBZ). Sadiq Khan says the move will see the most environmentally-friendly buses being used on the most highly polluted streets in the city to cut Nitrogen Oxide emissions by 84% across the selected routes. It brings the total number of planned LEBZ […]

Romania lent €22m for greener buses

A London-based bank has offered a €22 million (£18.9m) loan to upgrade buses in a Romanian city. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s (EBRD) money will pay for a network of low emission buses, with the aim of curbing pollution and improving infrastructure in Constanta, home to the Black Sea’s largest port. They will […]

‘World’s first’ double decker hydrogen bus to be trialled in London

A double decker bus powered by hydrogen is to be trialled in London next year. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan unveiled what it claims to be the world’s first bus of its kind as he committed to phasing out purchasing “dirty” diesel buses from the capital. The new bus has been developed by UK bus […]

Cleaner buses cut yearly emissions by 55k tonnes

New cleaner buses are reducing emissions by 55,000 tonnes a year. The 3,760 certified Low Carbon Emission Buses (LCEBs) in operation are delivering £8 million in health and environmental benefits, according to a new report from the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP). LCEBs accounted for around 40% of new buses sold last year. The report suggests if all buses were green by […]

EU approves €60m aid for Portuguese green buses

The European Commission has approved €60 million (£53.8m) of funding for low emission buses and supporting infrastructure in Portugal. It was initially unclear whether the environmentally friendly plans, which would reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of each bus by at least 15%, would be in line with EU state aid rules. The Commission considered public funding appropriate […]