Nottingham City orders full-electric Mellor Orion E10 March 2021

UK bus manufacturer Mellor is to supply a full-electric Orion E bus for Nottingham City Council’s Highways England-funded Electric Van Experience (EVE) Project. The council says it has earmarked the Orion E for use on its passenger transport routes following the project trial.

The Mellor Orion E is said to be the world’s first all-electric low-floor small bus, boasting a 160km range from a single-charge. Following delivery in May, the 15-seat capacity Orion E will form an integral part of the council’s £2.69 million EVE Project, where 50 vehicles – including cars, buses and light commercials – will be trialled over two years to assess the efficacy of eMobility. The EVE Project is being funded and monitored by Highways England.

Specifically, the Orion E will work on local operations with Nottingham City Council’s special educational needs service. The electric bus will be equipped with on-board telematics to allow the council and Highways England to monitor vehicle parameters.

Nottingham City Council has a target of carbon neutrality in 2028.

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