48 Zero Emission Electric Single Deck Buses for NCT

3 weeks ago Mon 5th Feb 2024

NCT electric buses in three colours - red, blue and pink, parked at NCT's depot

Nottingham City Transport have confirmed a total of 48 Yutong E12 and E10 electric zero emission vehicles, supplied by Yorkshire based Pelican.

The first 12 vehicles, all E12s, were revealed at NCT’s Trent Bridge Garage recently, with attendees from all the key stakeholders - Nottingham City Council, Nottingham City Transport, Pelican and Zenobe.

These are the first zero emission battery electric buses for Nottingham City Transport, who have worked with Pelican and Yutong to develop a high specification bus for its customers.

Ian Downie, Head of Yutong UK commented “This is a significant step for Nottingham City Transport on their journey to zero emissions. The Nottingham team have challenged us to produce a customer centric vehicle, and we are extremely proud  of what has been achieved. The vehicle is fitted with full colour front destinations, luxury trimmed high backed seating, new swept hand poles, illuminated bell pushes, and our electric air conditioning system for maximum customer comfort.”

David Astill, NCT’s Managing Director said, “The delivery of these buses from Yutong represents the exciting start of our journey to a battery-electric fleet, with a target to replace all of our remaining diesel buses in the next four years. We are keen for our customers to enjoy the experience of travelling on our new emission-free vehicles, and we have been impressed by the flexibility and enthusiasm  offered by Pelican and Yutong to build a bus with coach-like comfort to a challenging specification set out by the NCT team. We are currently undertaking a comprehensive familiarisation programme for our drivers and engineers and both are full of praise for these new buses. I am confident our passengers will be equally impressed ”

The balance of the order will be delivered in 2 further tranches, with twelve due in April 2024 and the remaining twenty-four in March 2025.