Across the country, there has been a focus on implementing electric bus networks and rolling out zero-emission forms of travel. Twelve areas in England, including Greater Manchester and Portsmouth, have recently received grants to power electric buses throughout cities. This includes ensuring there are enough electric vehicle chargers, both for the buses and for other cars on the street.
Where can I Find Electric Buses?
Let’s have a look at some of the major locations in the UK that have started rolling out electric buses and how our electric vehicle chargers can help.
Leading the electric bus revolution, Alexander Dennis are the biggest bus builders in the UK. They are focusing on delivering carbon-free driving solutions across the country. But, London had already started this a couple of years ago.
London has already more than 650 electric buses, with the zero-emissions fleet introduced almost six years ago. These buses include USB chargers and mobile phone holders for each seat and easier seating on the double-deckers. Seemingly, this is not enough though. Mayor Sadiq Khan has announced he is wanting the buses in the city capital to be fully electric by 2034. It is important to ensure that there are enough electric vehicle chargers for the fleet, so that there are no future problems with breakdowns. Bus networks should consider portable charging points, where drivers can always have a charging source available on journeys.
Recently, Transport for Greater Manchester has ordered 50 electric buses from Alexander Dennis. Operating in Manchester, Wigan and Bolton, these zero-emission buses, known as the “Bee Network”, will be rolled out from September 2023 and to be expanded in the following years.
The “Bee Network” is Manchester’s version of a completely integrated transport system, much like London. This may include a focus on carbon-free solutions and an increase of electric vehicle chargers to accommodate. Currently, Manchester has plans in place to invest in public electric vehicle chargers and increase the number of points to 3000 by 2025. There are many benefits to switching to an electric vehicle, including supporting economic growth and helping the environment. So, drivers and businesses should consider portable chargers to help meet this demand. Find out more about our services here.
At the beginning of the year, National Express Coventry stated their intention of rolling out more than 130 fully-electrified double-decker buses to boost the EV network in the West Midlands. Since August 2020, the company have been operating 10 electric buses throughout the 9/9A route, which covers the University Hospital, Coventry rail station and the bus station. These buses can become fully charged in four hours and can run for around 220km in winter and 280km in the summer.
Alongside Oxford, the two cities will be the first in the UK to have a completely electric bus system. These may come into service as early as 2023, improving air quality and helping reduce the city’s carbon emissions.
It is important that there are enough electric vehicle chargers to ensure these buses remain charged throughout the day. One way of ensuring this is the utilisation of portable electric vehicle chargers onboard. Drivers then can set up their own points throughout the route to ensure they remain charged whenever and wherever they want.
Elite EV Charge
At Elite EV Charge, we provide portable electric vehicle chargers for drivers to set up their own points and for businesses to become more environmentally friendly. As electric vehicles are becoming increasingly popular, including fleets and electric buses, it is important that there are enough chargers to meet this demand.