Cardiff Bus has placed an order for 36 Yutong E12 zero-emission buses, claimed to be the biggest single order placed outside of London to date.
The electric buses will be on the roads in the city from the end of 2021 and are designed to lead to a transformation of how Cardiff’s bus network is delivered.
The investment is a collaboration between the bus company and its shareholder, Cardiff Council, after a successful bid for funding from the Department for Transport’s Ultra-Low Emissions Bus Scheme.
Paul Dyer, managing director, Cardiff Bus, says: “It’s fantastic news for both the company and the city as whole. This further enshrines the fact that we are the city’s main bus operator, and a real cog in the wheel of city-life.
“There is a strong relationship between us and our customers, the residents of Cardiff, and we are recognised as one of the city’s critical assets, which we take extremely seriously in our goal to reach zero emissions.
“The city is rightly proud of its bus company, and the continued part it plays in city life. This has been further underscored in the last 12 months during the Coronavirus pandemic where we have helped the city keep moving in unprecedented times.”
Ian Downie, head of Yutong Bus at Pelican Engineering, adds: “These state-of-the-art, zero-emission vehicles will make a significant impact on transporting the citizens of Cardiff in enhanced comfort whilst improving air quality. We are looking forward to our partnership with Cardiff Bus to assist in generating a clean and sustainable transport system in Cardiff.”