£5 billion boost for bus industry announced today.

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TimBrown
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£5 billion boost for bus industry announced today.

Post by TimBrown » 05:32 Tuesday 11th February 2020

Attached is a link to Daily Mail article giving brief details of £5 billion government boost to bus and cycle facilities in the UK. Any idea what the 4,000 emission free buses will be?

link; https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl ... lanes.html

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Re: £5 billion boost for bus industry announced today.

Post by AdamH » 17:28 Tuesday 11th February 2020

TimBrown wrote:
05:32 Tuesday 11th February 2020
...Any idea what the 4,000 emission free buses will be?
My guess is they will be underdeveloped, overpriced and probably unreliable.

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Re: £5 billion boost for bus industry announced today.

Post by TimBrown » 11:19 Wednesday 12th February 2020

AdamH wrote:
17:28 Tuesday 11th February 2020
TimBrown wrote:
05:32 Tuesday 11th February 2020
...Any idea what the 4,000 emission free buses will be?
My guess is they will be underdeveloped, overpriced and probably unreliable.
Apparently the UK operates 32,000 buses, which means that 12.5%, 4,000 could be emission free under the big Boris bus plan. I assume they will all be pure electric for city/urban use only as the maximum range seems to be about 150 miles between charging sessions based on current technology (no pun intended). The attached link gives production of electric buses worldwide with little choice of UK manufacturer - those that do seem to use BYD Chinese running gear. However, the Chinese run in excess of 400,000 electric buses, so they must be pretty well sorted out by now!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_e ... and_models

BYD ADL products as below;
https://www.evbus.co.uk/

And a load of information about BYD;
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BYD_K9

My guess would be that the majority of these buses (assuming they actually materialise) will go to large cities and conurbations with nothing but cascaded diesel powered older vehicles coming to Worcester as usual - unless Worc. C.C. And Worcester C.C. put in a really good ecological and economic case. Can you see that happening though?

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