The world’s largest fleet of biogas-powered buses has just gone into service in Nottingham. A total of 53 double-deck buses using Scania chassis and ADL bodies have gone into service around the city, each with an 84-seater capacity.
Each bus has a minimum range of 250 miles on a single fill, and contributes to improved air quality through lower emissions.
Martin West, New Bus and Coach Sales Director for Scania (Great Britain) Limited, said: “Nottingham is one of pioneers of biogas double-deckers in the UK and is now deservedly reaping the benefits of its foresight and commitment. The successful introduction of the fleet, backed by an installation of an in-house gas refuelling station, is redefining sustainability and demonstrating a new and exciting model of bus operation.”
Richard Matthews, UK Sales Director for ADL, added: “We are pleased to have partnered with NCT and Scania on this momentous project. Not only does this fleet deliver biogas, it also provides a premium, passenger-centric specification. Transparency, trust and mutual respect between all three partners involved has been key in bringing this to life and we are looking forward to continuing to build on this strong foundation in 2019 and beyond.”
Based on Scania’s 280 horsepower N 280 UD4x2 chassis, the Nottingham biogas fleet is equipped with ADL’s Enviro400CBG City body. The vehicles have an overall length of 11.5-metres, midway between Nottingham’s existing 10.9- and 12-metre buses.