Pelican Engineering has delivered 36 Yutong E12 zero-emission single-deck buses to Cardiff Bus.
In an effort to improve air quality and make sustainable transport the future of mobility in the city, 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.
The purchase of the fleet marks the start of the operator’s fleet modernisation plans, with the new vehicles accounting for 24 per cent of its fleet.
Ian Downie, head of Yutong Bus UK for Pelican, says: “With over 127,000 zero emission Yutongs in service, completing 27 billion km of operational service, the vehicles are tried, tested and proven. Cardiff’s specification required a number of UK supplied components to be fitted, which our team of UK engineers in Castleford completed over the past six weeks.”
Paul Dyer, managing director, Cardiff Bus, adds: “We are extremely proud to unveil our new fleet of 36 fully electric buses. It is a huge step in not only our goal to reach zero emissions, but also our goal of providing a first-class service to our customers.
“We take our role in improving the air quality in Cardiff very seriously and we know that this development is going to be instrumental in ensuring city life can continue in a more green and sustainable fashion.”
Zenobē has financed and implemented the charging infrastructure for the 36 vehicles and an end-to-end software solution to manage fleet charging, as well as the resulting power requirements.