Electric Versas for Manchester

Electric Versas for Manchester Electric Versas for Manchester
Three battery-electric Optare Versas have been delivered to Transport for Greater Manchester for the free Metroshuttle services in central Manchester. They join the fleet of 17 hybrid Optares currently running the Metroshuttle network. They are operated by First Manchester.

Mark Aldred, deputy chairman of the TfGM Committee, says: “Metroshuttle is the largest free city centre bus service in the UK and carries millions of passengers every year, helping to cut congestion. These new electric buses are cheaper to run and quieter than normal buses and give off no harmful emissions – contributing to a better environment for everyone who lives in, works in and visits the city centre.”

Greater Manchester has more low-carbon buses than any city in the UK outside London, with 300 due to be operational next year. Most of them are hybrids operated by Stagecoach and First.

The electric Versa cost £232,000 each, with £98,000 per bus paid for by the Department for Transport through the Green Bus Fund.