The 9/9A route between University Hospital and Finham will become the city’s first fully-electric bus route.
Pictured: Coventry councillors visiting the National Express Coventry bus depot to get a preview of their new fully-electric buses.
National Express Coventry, the city’s public bus provider, is set to launch their electric double decker buses into service later this month.
From 30 August, the 9/9A route carrying passengers between University Hospital and Finham, via Coventry railway station and Pool Meadow, will become the city’s first fully-electric route.
The initial launch will see 10 new electric buses hit the streets, with more to follow over the coming years as National Express Coventry phased out their existing diesel fleet.
Councillors from Coventry City Council welcomed the news at a sneak preview of the city’s first electric buses.
During a tour of the bus operator’s city centre depot, Cllr George Duggins, Leader of Coventry City Council and Cllr Jim O’Boyle, experienced a short trip on one of 10 brand new electric buses.
£2.2 million in funding that was awarded to the city from the Government’s Ultra-Low Emission Bus Scheme in 2019 has contributed towards the new buses and the required infrastructure.
The Council have said that these new next-generation vehicles form part of their wider plans to improve air quality across the city.
David Bradford, the managing director of National Express Bus, explained that it is his vision that the company have a “zero-emission bus fleet from 2030, and white coach fleet by 2035.”
He went on to explain that the company have “retrofitted our older buses with new exhaust systems, meaning the air coming out of them is cleaner than the air going in”.
Not only are the new buses environmentally friendly, but they come with extra space, USB outlets for phone charging and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Cllr Jim O’Boyle commented: “The new electric buses look fantastic and with no emissions they are much better for the environment.”
Built in Britain by Scottish manufacturer Alexander Dennis, Coventry’s own electric buses follow hot on the heels of 19 others that were launched in service in routes between Birmingham and Solihull just last month.
Each of the 10 electric buses take up to four hours to fully charge, and can run for 250 kilometres at a time.
The buses also have new high-tech systems which allow engineers back in the depot to monitor the buses’ performance while out on the road.