A new fleet of eco friendly buses will soon be on the roads of Sheffield with the aim of reducing carbon dioxide emissions in the city while also reducing the costs of fuel for the city. The Sheffield Council has announced seven green minibuses soon to hit the streets, and coincidently also the largest fleet of hybrid buses to yet hit the streets of England.
The minibuses are going to be used to for school special needs transport between home and school at locations such as the Bents Green Special School. The council believes that over the working life of the buses the vehicles will be able to drop fuel costs by about 17% while also slashing CO2 emissions. The result is that the authority will likely spend thousands of pounds.
Sheffield Council cabinet member Councilor Jack Scott stated that the greener buses will help to reduce the fuel costs at the pertinent time as the costs are on the rise. He added that they will also be the best environmental choice and that is very important to the council as well. Funding for the new buses came from the Government’s Low Carbon Vehicle Procurement Programme.
The buses are fueled by the Ashwoods Hybrid drive technology and have been proven to reduce CO2 emissions and fuel consumption by as much as 25%. The system is self-powered and stores energy when the vehicle brakes transferring the energy via the wheels into an electric motor.
One of the benefits of the technology is that the buses do not need to be plugged into the wall and operators do not have to ever worry that their battery is going to die.