Buses to drive on Electric Avenue

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Bus users travelling along Route 7 between Bletchley and Wolverton may soon be enjoying a more efficient ride with the launch of eight electric buses.

The buses will not make their debut on city roads until January but drivers are already learning how to maximise the efficiency of the battery as well as how to charge it at the end of the route – which is 15 miles long.

The wirelessly charged buses have been developed by Wrightbus and will be trialled in a programme led by eFleet Integrated Services.

Councillor John Bint, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “This electric bus trial is the result of over a year’s careful planning, so getting bus drivers behind the wheel is a wonderful milestone to reach.

“Seeing all eight buses on the route will be a very proud moment for everyone who’s been involved.”

Paul Adcock, Area MD of Arriva, says: “Electric buses have huge potential, and we’re exploring how they can help us take better care of the environment without compromising passenger service.

“With the help of the project collaborators, we’ll be monitoring the buses closely over the next five years.”

John Miles, Arup consultant and engineering research professor at Cambridge University, will be tracking the buses’ performance

He said: “They will be operating on a demanding urban route, and that’s all part of the trial’s aim – to prove that electric buses can be tough as well as green.”