Nov 8, 2012 0
Sheffield City Council has unveiled six eco-friendly hybrid mini-buses for use by special needs schools, including Bents Green Special School.
They are the largest fleet of hybrid buses to have been provided by a local authority to date.
The buses were provided by Ashwoods Automotive Ltd. and use the award-winning Ashwoods Hybrid drive technology, which reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emmissions by 15-25%.
The technology stores energy whenever the vehicle slows down and transfers it to the wheels via an electric motor, eliminating the need for manual charging.
Funding for the buses came from the Department for Transport’s Low Carbon Vehicle Procurement Programme.
They provide a grant of £3,430 per vehicle, which, coupled with the fuel savings the vehicles provide, means that the hybrids will actually reduce Sheffield’s fleet costs.
Cllr Jack Scott, Cabinet Member for Environment, Recycling and Streetscene said: “These greener buses will reduce fuel costs at a time of rising prices and they will also help the environment, which is massively important to us.
“The introduction of these new vehicles is a really positive step forward to a more sustainable Sheffield and will help strengthen our reputation as England’s greenest city.”
Cllr Leigh Bramall, Cabinet Member for Transport, added: “It is great to be leading the way with these low emission vehicles.
“We need to use our transport fleet on a daily basis, especially for transporting children to and from school.
“If we can do this in a low-cost, fuel efficient way then this can only be a good thing.”