Operator launches comparison trials using Yutong E10 battery-powered bus

Harrogate Bus Company General Manager Frank Stanisauskis (left) and driver Ricki Tomlinson with the Yutong E10 electric bus

A new trial featuring the latest zero-emission electric transport technology is now underway in North Yorkshire as Transdev Blazefield prepares for future investment beyond the pandemic.

A Yutong E10 electric bus, supplied by Yorkshire-based Pelican Bus and Coach, is being loaned to Transdev by Tyneside-based operator Go North East to enable the new trial on a route linking Harrogate and Knaresborough. The bus is powered by 422 kWh water-cooled batteries and capable of a 370km range on a single 3.4-hour charge.

The results will be compared with outcomes from last Autumn’s trial operation on the same Harrogate bus route of another electric single-deck bus, manufactured by Alexander Dennis in partnership with BYD.

Transdev is looking to build on its positive experience of running electric buses after it became the first operator in Britain to introduce ‘opportunity charged’, pioneering ‘Harrogate Electrics’ buses in 2018.

At that time, the Harrogate-based firm became the only operator in Yorkshire to win funding of £2.25 million from the government to create Britain’s first Low Emission Bus Town.

Transdev chief executive Alex Hornby said: “We’re delighted to begin the second phase of our electric bus trials, as we look ahead to future options for electric power on one of our most popular routes, the 1 between Harrogate and Knaresborough, all to complement the existing zero-emission fleet on the local town network in Harrogate.

“With a bus usually up to every 7 minutes, the 1 is a vitally important link between the two towns and an ideal place to put the bus industry’s newest technology to the test.

“The Yutong E10 bus is being loaned to us by Go North East and is used on a route very similar in frequency and usage as our own route here. We’re also in discussions with Pelican Bus and Coach in Castleford, who finished and supplied the buses for use here in the UK, following extensive development work with Yutong on their design and specification.

“Our comparative trials will help us to develop our aspirations for future investment as we look to make informed choices between options for electric power on one of our most popular routes.

“We’re constantly looking to build buses back better as part of our strategy for our company and industry, demonstrating our belief that our buses will continue to play a vitally important role beyond the current pandemic in boosting the economy, both locally in Harrogate and across Yorkshire and the north of England.”

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