Nottingham City Transport introduce new electric buses

The first of Nottingham City Transport’s new electric buses entered service last week (11 April).

The buses come to Nottingham City Transport's (NCT) specification and boast several new features, including air conditioning as standard, re-positioned visual next stop screen, including a rear facing screen which can be seen from the wheelchair bay, extra leg room between seats, and USB-C charging points.

David Astill, NCT's managing director said it marked an "exciting new era" for the city.  

"We are keen to play our part as Nottingham aspires to become a carbon-neutral city," he said.  

"The delivery of our first 24 electric buses marks just the start of a programme that will see our remaining diesel powered buses replaced by electrics as they become due for withdrawal.”

Following a successful joint bid by NCT and Nottingham City Council to the Department for Transport’s Zero Emission Bus Regional Areas (ZEBRA) Fund, NCT has ordered 48 electric single deck buses and installed new charging infrastructure at its Trent Bridge Garage in the Meadows.

The total cost of the new buses and infrastructure is £32.2m, with £13.4m from ZEBRA and £18.8m from NCT over the lifetime of the vehicles.

The buses are 100 per cent electric and zero emission when in service, with no tailpipe emissions and are charged directly from the National Grid. 

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