Optare launched its latest generation electric buses at Euro Bus Expo, increasing daily operational range to more than 150 miles and including full electric heating. The ‘next generation’ Metrodecker and Metrocity incorporate new componentry and batteries and retain Optare’s tradition of lightweight vehicles.
The new Metrodecker EV can carry more than 94 passengers with an unladen weight of just over 11tonnes and GVW of 18tonnes, while the Metrocity EV carries up to 60 passengers with an unladen weight of less than 9tonnes and GVW of 13tonnes.
“With the support of our parent company, Ashok Leyland, we continue to make significant investment in our future; not only with the development of new innovative products but also investing in our manufacturing and customer support facilities,” says Richard Butler, chief executive, Optare. “Here at Optare we recognise that the industry faces many challenges and it’s our role to bring creative, innovative solutions both in design and product support that allows operators and local authorities to have low cost of ownership, whilst delivering vehicles that address climate change and deliver cleaner air to our towns and cities.”
Butler pointed out that in 2009 Optare’s first single-deck electric buses delivered 60 miles on a single charge with diesel heating and an electric double-deck was a dream. “Today, I stand in front of a single-deck and a double-deck electric bus that can both deliver more than 150 miles on a single charge with fully electric zero emission heating without compromise,” he adds.