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October 15, 2018
Electric bus trial on Route 400

Mbus electric bus trial

Metrobus is trialling a zero-emissions electric bus on Route 400, operating between Caterham, Redhill, Horley, Gatwick Airport, Manor Royal Business District, Crawley and East Grinstead. 

The single deck Yutong electric bus will be open to all customers for around two weeks while we evaluate how it performs and how it is received by bus users. It will help to inform our strategy for the further development of reducing emissions in the areas in which we operate.

Yutong Bus company specialises in R&D, manufacturing and sales of bus products and its main plant is in Zhengzhou Yutong Industrial Park, Zhengzhou, Henan province. Yutong’s website claims it is ‘the  largest and the most technologically advanced manufacturing base of large and medium-sized buses around the world’ and says that the company’s daily capacity is more than 400 buses.

Yutong Bus was listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange in 1997, becoming the first listed company in the Chinese bus industry. The company’s website adds: “In 2017, it delivered 67,268 buses and coaches, with a turnover of 33.2 billion yuan. In the same year, 24,865 units of new energy buses were delivered. The enterprise scale and sales performance continuously ranks first in China’s bus industry.”

The company sells to more than 30 countries and regions, including France, UK, Australia, Cuba, Venezuela, Russia, Saudi Arabia, with a market share of more than 30% in China and 15% in the world.