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Friday, February 7, 2020

Electric dreams

The race is on to become Britain’s first all-electric bus town.

Local authorities have been invited to apply for government funding of up to £50 million to become the UK’s first all-electric bus town.

Part of a total allocation of £170 million set aside to improve the standards and green credentials of the country’s bus services, the fund will enable one town to purchase a fleet of new electric vehicles.

According to a government statement, a town with 200 electric buses could save around 7,400 tonnes of CO2 each year, equivalent to taking 3,700 diesel cars off the roads.

If the winning town is successful, it would reportedly be used as a model for the government’s objective of ensuring all buses are fully electric by 2025.

The fund is part of a broader initiative to boost the reliability and frequency of buses, with the aim of encouraging more people out of their cars and onto public transport – particularly in rural and underserved areas.

Earlier this week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that the ban on sales of new petrol, diesel and hybrid vehicles in the UK would be brought forward from 2040 to at least 2035. So, the war on fossil fuels continues apace.

Would you like to see your town receive a fleet of electric-only buses? Or are you working on another solution to help us slash emissions, improve air quality and reduce fossil fuel usage?

If so, we’d love to hear about it. Don’t forget that the next issue of Breakthrough Magazine will feature a special focus on all things eco; from the interior designers who ensure clients don’t have to compromise on sustainability or style, to the packaging manufacturers who are pushing plastic away for good.

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