Transport company First Bus has invested £9.3 million to expand its electric fleet in York.
It is believed to be the roll out of the biggest zero emission park and ride fleet in the UK.
The company has launched the first of 21 new all-electric double-deckers enter service on the York Park & Ride network – a partnership between First York and City of York Council.
The full order of Metrodecker EVs, manufactured by Optare in Yorkshire, will be brought into operation this summer, replacing existing diesel vehicles, expanding the fully electric fleet on York Park & Ride to 33 buses.
Each bus saves almost one kilogram of carbon dioxide emissions for every kilometre travelled, which is estimated will mean a saving of 1.6 million tonnes of CO2 a year when the 21-bus Metrodecker fleet is complete.
These are the first new vehicles to be introduced by First Bus anywhere in the country since the company announced on July 8 its commitment to achieve a zero carbon fleet by 2035.
“We’re proud to be the operator of the biggest zero emission park and ride fleet in the country as we continue to partner with City of York Council to improve air quality in York,” said Marc Bichtemann, Managing Director of First York.
“This is an important stage in our shared ambition to expand sustainable transport in the city. We are determined to attract more customers to using buses and realising the real impact this has in reducing congestion, creating cleaner air and supporting the local economy, not least as York continues its revival from the pandemic.”
Cllr Keith Aspden, Leader of City of York Council, said: “This work builds on the £1.6 million investment already made to deliver York’s Clean Air Zone, the first voluntary Clean Air Zone in the UK.
“The new buses will play an essential part in delivering our bus-based Clean Air Zone, whilst at the same time providing an enhanced experience for users.”