Are buses electric?

Good to know other people are out there keeping an eye on points of interest within our city. My thanks to friend Richard Lucking for picking up on posters at Bath’s Southgate-based Bus Station declaring that First Bus was applying for planning permission to install electric charging points.

Are we about to see battery-powered buses on our streets? A question l put to the company.

A First Bus spokesperson told me:

“As part of our on-going mission to decarbonise our UK operations, we are progressing planning applications to install electrical infrastructure at more of our sites to future-proof our business for the switch to a zero-emission fleet in the not too distant future.

“At this time there are no immediate plans to roll out electric buses at the Bath Bus Station, but by installing the necessary infrastructure, it will be a seamless transition when we reach that point.”

Seems it’s only a matter of time.

I hear Newport Bus leads the way – relatively locally. The company now has a total of 44 fully-electric vehicles which means it is operating 60 percent of its daily services with zero omission at the tailpipe. Ah – but l hear you saying – would they climb our hills?