LowCVP managing director Andy Eastlake says the guide is a reference for bus operators and local authorities, providing an overview of the benefits of a range of low emission fuels and technologies that reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
It is intended to equip both with the information they need to make purchasing decisions, and to encourage the adoption of the most appropriate low-emission bus technology and infrastructure.
LowCVP’s new guide covers technologies including electric, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, electrified ancillaries, hydrogen fuel cell, biomethane, renewable diesel and retrofit selective catalytic reduction.
It outlines both the emissions performance and the operational and financial factors fleet operators need to consider when procuring new buses and the associated infrastructure.
“With road transport responsible for a quarter of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions and up to 60% of roadside NOx in many cities, the introduction of cleaner, low emission buses is key [to achieving] a low emission transport future,” states Eastlake.
“The new Low Emission Bus Guide provides clear yet comprehensive advice about which bus fuels and technologies are best suited to a range of operating conditions.”
“Low emission vehicles can make a real difference to air quality in towns and cities, which is why we have committed £30m to help pay for more than 300 new cleaner buses,” adds Transport Minister John Hayes.
“This guide will give operators and councils the information they need to adopt these greener vehicles.”
And Stuart Cottrell, head of advanced engineering, Alexander Dennis, says: “There are few easy answers to the question of which low emission technology is best for each operator, route and service requirements – no one size fits all.
“While ADL strives to provide the best options across the cost-benefit spectrum, it’s key that the whole landscape is understood.
“Providing clear, independent information on the range of low and zero emission technologies in the bus sector is key to driving informed debate and fact-based decisions.”
The Guide can be viewed here.