Newport Transport begins operating first full-electric bus fleet in Wales21 October 2020

A fleet of 15 full-electric single-deck buses have begun operation in Newport, Wales, in a country first.

Newport Transport is operating the 15 Yutong buses on routes across the city. Seven of the buses will be dedicated to the three routes between Newport, Caerleon and Cwmbran, including picking up the staff and patients at the new specialist critical care centre, The Grange University Hospital.

The national government and Welsh Assembly are driving towards a 2028 zero emission bus target in Wales and following promises to bring clean air zones to Welsh towns and cities.

Supplier Zenobe is providing Newport Transport with financing for batteries, the charging system at the depot with nine dedicated rapid chargers, and a software platform that helps monitor and optimise energy use.

Scott Pearson, managing director at Newport Transport said: “Newport Transport is pleased to provide our customers with an important cleaner choice of public transport now and for the future. This is a massive step forward for the company. Delivering such an innovative scheme, during a pandemic, with a strategic vision beyond these trying times is absolutely key to reducing our environmental impact, thus doing what we can to slow climate change.”

William Dalrymple

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