Yutong has secured its first UK order for its E10 electric buses following a successful bid by Go North East for support from the government’s Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme. Nine E10 single-deck buses will operate on services between Newcastle and Gateshead.
“We were delighted to have secured the support from government to help boost our investment in the introduction of full electric, zero emission buses that will make travelling by bus in the North East even greener, and we’ve now completed our evaluations and can announce an official order for the buses,” says Go North East managing director Martijn Gilbert. “These buses will build on our existing investment which has already seen over 170 low emission buses join our fleet in recent years, with more on the way for the year ahead, as well as an ongoing programme supported by local partners to upgrade the engine emission standards of much of our existing fleet, all further improving the carbon footprint of the 62 million journeys made by our passengers every year.”
Go North East, in partnership with Nexus, was awarded ULEBS funding earlier this year to help support the additional capital cost of electric buses and depot charging infrastructure.
Go North East engineering director Colin Barnes adds: “We’ve undertaken extensive trials and analysis of the electric bus types that are currently available in the UK market. The distance range of the vehicles, battery life, seating capacity, build quality and warranty were particularly important considerations for us when evaluating the best choice and Yutong came top in all these areas.
“We’ve tried both the E10 and E12 models in our operation and have been very impressed with them.”
The E10s will be the first production models in the UK and will be supported by overnight charging infrastructure from Yutong that will be installed at Go North East’s Gateshead Riverside depot, where the buses will be based. They are due to enter service in July 2020 and the operator expects to be ordering further electric buses in the coming years.
Ian Downie, head of Yutong Bus, says: “All the staff at Pelican and Yutong are absolutely delighted and honoured to receive the very first order for the Yutong electric bus from Go North East. There are over 84,000 Yutong electric buses in service around the world, so these vehicles will be the start of many in the UK and Eire.
“The E10 is fully zero emission with electric air-conditioning for passenger comfort. The market analysis that Go North East undertook was rigorous, and we are delighted that our product and support resulted in this award. We look forward to working with Go North East for many years to come.”