Stagecoach has launched Greater Manchester’s first double-deck electric buses in a £16.5million investment. The 32 electric buses operate on the 111 and 43 routes connecting Manchester city centre, Manchester Airport, five hospitals and three universities.
The zero-emission buses can travel 190 miles on a single charge and the new e-buses will save 2,208t of CO2 a year compared to the existing fleet, as well as improving local air quality.
“The introduction of the new electric double-deck buses is a significant milestone in the history of transport in Greater Manchester and represents one of the biggest single investments in electric buses anywhere in Europe,” says Elisabeth Tasker, managing director, Stagecoach Manchester. “We are very proud to have worked in partnership with the mayor Andy Burnham, Transport for Greater Manchester and other key organisations to secure the investment needed to roll out the first electric double decker buses for this region.”