Gas buses ‘offer better value than electric’

Gas buses in the UK are already offering better value for taxpayers than their electric counterparts. That’s according to the latest figures released by the Department for Transport (DfT), which illustrate how the latest round of funding from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) was distributed. The funding saw six local authority-led projects receive […]

TRL chosen to evaluate performance of low emission buses

The global centre for transport and mobility innovation, TRL, has been appointed to monitor and evaluate the performance of low emission buses across the UK. The Department for Transport’s (DfT) Low Emission Bus Scheme has provided grants for the deployment of low emission buses and related infrastructure on existing routes. Bus operators are using the […]

Scotland offers £3m to roll out more green buses

The Scottish Government has announced a further £3 million for green buses in the country. It is inviting bus operators, local authorities and Regional Transport Partnership’s across Scotland to apply for a share of the fund towards the purchase of low carbon emission buses. The Scottish Green Bus Fund, now in its seventh year, aims […]

Go-Ahead’s energy bills ‘higher than profits’

One of the UK’s largest transport companies spends more on energy bills than it earns in operational profits. Go-Ahead Group runs a number of rail and bus firms in the UK, with more than 800 trains and 4,600 buses. Group Environment and Energy Manager, Chris Grinsted said: “We spend upwards of £120 million a year […]

“Smoothing” traffic slashes bus emissions

Smoothing out traffic flow could dramatically slash emissions from public buses. Buses in Brighton were fitted with emissions monitoring boxes and tested on multiple trips in normal traffic during business and shopping hours. While passengers weren’t on the buses, they were weighted with ballast and stopped at regular bus stops as if on a normal […]

F1 technology in buses to help cut fuel usage

Four British engineering firms that will use technology initially designed for Formula One cars in buses and diggers to improve fuel efficiency have been granted funding totalling more than £28 million. Ford, GKN Land Systems, Cummins and JCB and its partner Flybrid will share the cash – which will support investment of £133 million – […]

Wireless electric bus launches in Milton Keynes

Wirelessly charged electric buses are taking on a rigorous route in the Milton Keynes in their first ever outing in the UK. Eight battery-powered buses will run 17 hours a day, seven days a week, each one covering more 56,000 miles per year. Run by transport operator Arriva, the five year trial begins on 19 […]

South Korea switches on electric car charging road

South Korea could be speeding ahead with electric car charging on the move – installing a road which charges battery-powered buses wirelessly. The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) says its Online Electric Vehicle (OLEV) can be charged while stationary or driving. It’s the first road of its kind in the world. Two […]

Eco-driving chugs Stagecoach towards 6% carbon cut

Stagecoach has cut the carbon footprint for all of its bus and rail operations in the UK, USA and Canada by 6% in the last three years. The public transport firm touted the saving for its 13,000 buses, coaches, trains and trams which are used by around three million passengers a day. It owns East […]

Liverpool buses run on vegetable fat

Six buses in Merseyside are running on recycled vegetable oil. Merseytravel and Stagecoach Merseyside are launching the initiative as part of an EC-funded project to promote the production and use of sustainably produced biofuels in transport. The two-year trial will see six Stagecoach vehicles run on a blend of biodiesel supplied by north-west producer Convert2Green. […]