Carmarthenshire has agreed a contract with Pelican Yutong to supply eight electric buses for the TrawsCymru route. The vehicles are planned to be delivered later this year.
The vehicles will be fitted with enhanced seating, as well as full air-conditioning, wi-fi, USB charging, and passenger information systems. Charging infrastructure is already in progress, and Yutong says that the vehicles will be the first electric buses in the UK capable of charging at 240kW per hour, allowing rapid recharging.
Ian Downie, head of Yutong Bus UK, says “We are absolutely delighted and honoured to have been successfully awarded this prestigious contract by Carmarthenshire county council. The specification that they have stipulated will be unique within the UK, and takes passenger comfort levels to the next level. These quiet, zero emission buses will be making a significant impact to air quality in south west Wales.”
Stephen Pilliner, head of transportation and highways, Carmarthenshire county council, adds: “The ultra low emission buses will be used on the Traws Cymru Carmarthen to Aberystwyth services and will provide passengers with a modern service that will decarbonise transport and provide an attractive public transport option for customers”.