Go South Coast’s Salisbury Reds has put three BYD ADL Enviro200EV single-deck buses into service on its park-and-ride services to Britford and Petersfinger. Half of the total investment of £1.2million was supported with £600,000 government funding through OLEV following a successful bid by Wiltshire Council.
The electric buses are anticipated to deliver an annual saving of 32.2 tonnes of CO2 and 15.5 tonnes of NOx compared to an equivalent diesel-powered vehicle. With 24 seats and passenger capacity of 66, the 10.8m 330kWh Enviro200EV achieves 160 miles on a single charge.
“Together with Wiltshire Council, our team worked incredibly hard to gain government support, under the Low Emission Bus Scheme, for this important initiative,” says Salisbury Reds managing director Andrew Wickham. “Buses are the perfect solution to improving air quality in our towns and cities. I’m very much looking forward to seeing these three new electric vehicles out-and-about across Salisbury and the surrounding area.”
Frank Thorpe, managing director, BYD (UK) adds: ”Salisbury Reds is typical of an increasing number of forward-thinking operators that are realising the benefits of electric mobility. BYD can boast proven technology; one that is safe, reliable and capable of returning significant productivity returns – as evidenced by over 200 units now either delivered or on order with operators across the UK, and many thousands across Europe.