Nottingham City Transport, which already operates the world’s largest fleet of bio-gas double decks in the world at 120 buses, has taken delivery of the first of 23 new bio-gas double-deck buses as part of a £7million investment.
Bio-gas buses already run on three quarters of NCT’s double-deck services and the current fleet has clocked up over 15 million miles in service since first appearing in Nottingham five years ago. NCT says it has halved its diesel consumption from 8 million litres to 4 million litres per year.
NCT head of engineering Liam O’Brien says: “NCT is committed to minimising its impact on the environment and we already operate one of the greenest bus fleets in the country. Our bio-gas fleet has contributed to much improved air quality in and around Nottingham and this investment in 23 further bio-gas buses will improve it further”.
The engines and chassis of the sleek Enviro400CBG City bio-gas buses have been developed by Scania and are bodied in Britain by Alexander Dennis.
Mark Oliver, Scania UK sales director for bus, coach and power solutions, adds: “We are delighted to have provided the chassis and powertrains underpinning the world’s largest fleet of bio-gas double deck buses. This project is a culmination of seven years hard work between NCT, ADL and Scania to get these buses on the road and the right infrastructure in place. At Scania, we are committed to help businesses decarbonise their operations, which is why we are proud to see this project come to fruition.”