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Should we electrify our buses?

Updated: Jan 24, 2023

There seems to be a focus on getting electric cars adopted on a wider basis but I'm wondering if this is focusing on the right thing. The move has started and seems to be accelerating but ultimately needs chargers to be in place to encourage people to make a switch, this will take some time.

In the meantime, little is heard in the press about the electrification of buses (unless they run on poo or pee, that always grabs a headline) but in reality the case appears compelling for several reasons.

  • They mainly run in heavily populated areas where the pollution is at its worst

  • Reduced noise would be welcomed by many parties

  • Even the electro-sceptics would see some advantage

  • They have a long lifespan so payback is good

  • Some existing stock can be retrofitted

  • Low daily mileage makes them a viable target

  • Regular stops offer top-up opportunities

  • Cleaner quiet bus service is likely to appeal to more people and have a knock-on effect on saved car journeys.

It just seems like a 'no-brainer' to me. Probably not a bad investment of taxpayer money.

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