Cardiff Bus has taken delivery of new 36 Yutong E12 zero-emission single-decker buses as part of its decarbonisation strategy.
Pelican Engineering delivered the electric vehicles (EVs) which now account for 24% of Cardiff Bus’ entire fleet.
The EV fleet and battery storage specialist Zenobē has financed and implemented the charging infrastructure for the 36 vehicles and an end-to-end software solution to manage fleet charging.
The new fleet was unveiled at a launch event in the Welsh capital.
The investment for the new buses follows a successful bid last year for funding from the Department for Transport’s (DfT) Ultra-Low Emissions Bus Scheme.
Paul Dyer, managing director at Cardiff Bus, said: “We are extremely proud to unveil our new fleet of 36 fully electric buses. It is a huge step in not only our goal to reach zero emissions, but also our goal of providing a first-class service to our customers.”
Ian Downie, head of Yutong Bus UK for Pelican, commented: “It was a pleasure working with the Cardiff team. After an in-depth tender process, we worked with the team to produce these state-of-the-art zero emission vehicles.
“Cardiff’s specification required a number of UK supplied components to be fitted, which our team of UK engineers in Castleford completed over the past six weeks.”
Steven Meersman, Co-Founder of Zenobē, added: “We are delighted to be partnering with Cardiff Bus to facilitate the launch of its electric offering and help grow sustainable transport in Wales. This project could not have happened without close collaboration between Cardiff Bus, the Welsh government, Pelican/Yutong and Zenobē.
“Our charging infrastructure and intelligent flexible power solution will enable Cardiff Bus to futureproof and charge its new fleet reliably and efficiently.”
Image credit: Cardiff Bus
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