Ten, brand new, ultra-low emissions Euro VI Wrights Micro Hybrid StreetLite buses recently made their first forays on to Sussex and Surrey roads.
Four of these UK-built buses are on the Horsham-Crawley-Gatwick route 200 and six on routes 430 and 435 around Reigate, Redhill and Merstham.
They help to improve air quality because they emit up to 98% lower levels of nitrogen oxides (NOx) than the buses they replace.
Because the buses use stop-start technology, there are no emissions at bus stops and fuel use is cut by up to 10%, further reducing our CO2 emissions.
They’re not just extremely clean and fuel efficient, the StreetLites also have free Wi-Fi and USB charging points at every seat and TV screens showing route and service information.
Managing Director Martin Harris said: “We’ve been taking practical steps to address climate change and improve air quality locally, cutting our fossil fuel consumption and reducing our carbon emissions, by investing £1.7 million in these ultra-low emissions buses.”
There are even more exciting developments underway, with the addition of 30 extended range Euro VI Micro Hybrid electric buses to our fleet on one of Brighton & Hove’s busiest routes later this summer.
These buses can be set to run in zero-emissions mode, so that not even the generator will be operating, including throughout the city’s Ultra Low Emissions Zone.
The buses are fully electric but they use a small Euro VI diesel generator to top up the battery, with regenerative braking doing most of this topping up.