Norman Baker, the Member of Parliament and Transport Minister, has just launched the new electric bus system which is operating in the centre of Nottingham. The new system that is operating in the city is the largest network of electric buses in the UK. The buses have been sponsored by the energy company E.ON and they create zero emissions.
Unfortunately, the buses are not cheap and cost over £200,000 each. It is hoped that the greener travel system in the city is going to mean that the city are able to reach their sustainability targets, which dictate that they must cut their carbon emissions by 2020 by 26 percent.
Nottingham is a city that already have a good reputation for green transport, and in recent years they were ranked as one of the cities that are least dependent on car travel in the whole country. Back in 2008, the city were one of the first to trial buses that are fuelled with ethanol and this step towards electric buses is just one of the many that see the city take advantage of greener fuel options.
To pay for the buses, part of the money has been arranged from the Department of Transport, which has a specific fund for environmentally sound buses. The buses are due to replace the diesel ones that are currently operating in the centre of the city, and are going to run some of the most regular bus routes. Mr Baker has commented, “Nottingham has a strong dedication to providing accessible and sustainable public transportation, and this latest electric bus system is one of the most impressive steps that they have so far achieved.”