Later this year in Nottingham battery-powered buses will be in service. Eight Optare Solo electric vehicles have been ordered by the city council after receiving more that £760,000 of the £1.7 million for the project from the Government’s Green Bus Fund
The free service that links Victoria Centre with and the Old Market Square and the Broadmarsh Center, Centrelink route, will receive four this autumn. The city council’s Link Bus network will receive the remaining four and that will take place around the end of the year.
At the present time the only other city in the UK that has these buses is Durham. Emitting no nitrogen oxide, carbon dioxide, or carbon monoxide makes the buses very environmentally friendly as well as being very quiet keeping noise pollution to a minimum.
Compared to the diesel powered bus the annual savings should be more than £8,000 because of the lower fuel costs and maintenance cost because the engine has only three moving parts unlike that of its counterpart the diesel that has over 1,000. Another plus is the buses can be recharged during the night in only eight hours in order to be ready for a complete day of operation the following day.