After a delay of several months, the department for transport has finally announced the winning bids for the Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme which will see 263 new electric and hydrogen buses supported and a range of infrastructure, including gas fuelling in a £48million three-year package.
Transport for London is the largest single beneficiary with funding for 63 buses worth £3.46million plus £3.5million for infrastructure, while Cardiff city council will get £5.4million for 36 buses plus £341,000 for infrastructure and Stagecoach in South Wales gets funding for 16 buses. Greater Manchester combined authority receives £5.4million for 23 electric buses and infrastructure and three Manchester operators, Stagecoach, First and Manchester Community Transport have funding approved for a further 47 buses.
All but one of the funding bids are for electric buses with Metroline the sole winning bid for hydrogen buses, receiving £4.4million for 20 buses and infrastructure.
Nottingham City Transport receives £1.1million for infrastructure only for its biomethane buses.
Stagecoach has already announced that its 32 buses for Greater Manchester will be BYD/AD Enviro400 EV Citys, and the 16 buses in South Wales will be Optare MetroCitys and Solo EVs.