The world’s largest fleet of biomethane-powered double deck buses is now fully operational after Nottingham City Transport’s (NCT) 53rd bus entered service in April, completing a £16.8m investment in greener transport for the city. A £4.4m grant from the government’s OLEV Low Emission Bus Scheme, alongside a significant £12.4m investment by NCT has seen fueling facilities installed at NCT’s main Bus Garage and the first 53 biogas double deck buses enter service on seven routes – 6, 10, 24, 25, 36, 44 & 45.
With all 53 double deck buses from this initial order now in use, over 3,500 tons less CO2, 35 tons less NOX and ¾ ton less particulate matter will be emitted each and every year from the NCT fleet, delivering significant improvements to air quality. With plans for further biogas double deck buses to be ordered (subject to funding) and the £3m funding announcement in February from DEFRAs Clean Vehicle Technology Fund to convert 185 existing buses to the latest Euro VI emission standards, NCT plans to reduce emissions by 90% by 2020 and be compliant with the forthcoming Clean Air Zone in the city.
Mark Fowles, NCT Managing Director, said: “Our biogas double deck buses are the greenest buses on the road, with significantly lower emissions throughout the entire ‘well to wheel’ process of fuel generation, transportation and use. With NCT now operating 53 of these super environmentally friendly buses, we’re delivering cleaner air for Nottingham with the largest fleet of biogas double deck buses in the world.”
The engines and chassis of the new Enviro400CBG City biogas buses have been developed by Swedish giant Scania and are bodied in Britain by Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL). “With emissions of carbon dioxide reduced by up to 84%, the introduction of this gas-powered double-deck bus fleet – the world’s largest fleet of its type – represents an important milestone for NCT and Scania as together we look to drive the shift towards a more sustainable transport future. We are delighted to be involved in this important environmental program.”