Green vision sparks hybrid buses boost

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WITH advances in technology, gone are the days when Oxford shoppers would have to battle through clouds of bus exhaust fumes.

During the past two decades, Oxford Bus Company has cut harmful emissions to clean up its fleet and improve air quality.

Now a further improvement has begun, with £5.5m invested on 19 electric hybrid double decker buses for some of the busiest routes.

Some of them went into operation this week on the X3 route from Oxford to Abingdon. Further buses will be introduced on the City 5, which runs between Oxford railway station and Blackbird Leys, in the coming weeks.

Each electric hybrid will cut nitrogen oxide by 50 per cent and carbon dioxide by over 30 per cent, compared to a normal diesel bus.

Andrew Morison, commercial manager of Oxford Bus Company, said: “This is a major investment by the company and represents a huge vote of confidence in the city’s economy — each bus costs over £300,000.

“The Government’s Green Bus Fund has contributed some of the difference between the cost of a conventional bus and an electric hybrid, in this case about £80,000 per bus.

“We are already known as the country’s greenest bus firm and the new buses boost our environmental credentials still further.

“These new buses will dramatically reduce carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions, and carbon use.”

Mr Morison said the new 72-seaters are driven by electric motors backed up by a small diesel engine. They work independently or in combination with each other, depending on driving conditions.

He added: “When the electric hybrid buses are stationary at bus stops and traffic lights, the diesel engine switches off automatically. This means the bus produces no emissions from its exhaust, as well as minimal sound.When the bus brakes the electric motors generate electricity which is stored in the batteries for use later.”

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In 2011, the firm introduced in a £5m fleet of electric hybrid buses for park-and-ride routes, with 17 new double-deckers.

Stagecoach also invested £7.5m on 26 double-decker electric hybrid buses in 2010.

Hugh Jaeger, 48, a spokesman for the Oxford group of Bus Users UK, who lives in Cutteslowe, said: “These latest hybrids create 25 to 30 per cent lower emissions than low-emission diesel buses, so it is bound to improve air quality and that’s good news for everyone.”

But her warned “When these new buses pull away from the stop they are virtually silent so passengers need to watch out, particularly somewhere busy like Queen Street.”

There are 116 vehicles in the Oxford Bus Company fleet and it has no further plans for more hybrids.

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11:12am Sat 16 Feb 13

Dilligaf2010 says...

"With advances in technology, gone are the days when Oxford shoppers would have to battle through clouds of bus exhaust fumes."....
.....now they have to battle through queues of buses, and people queueing for them
"With advances in technology, gone are the days when Oxford shoppers would have to battle through clouds of bus exhaust fumes.".... .....now they have to battle through queues of buses, and people queueing for them Dilligaf2010

7:20pm Sun 17 Feb 13

zimmer, Wolvecote. says...

Dilligaf2010 wrote:
"With advances in technology, gone are the days when Oxford shoppers would have to battle through clouds of bus exhaust fumes."....
.....now they have to battle through queues of buses, and people queueing for them
Now that the buses are so clean, can we have Cornmarket open again for North to East Buses please.
[quote][p][bold]Dilligaf2010[/bold] wrote: "With advances in technology, gone are the days when Oxford shoppers would have to battle through clouds of bus exhaust fumes.".... .....now they have to battle through queues of buses, and people queueing for them[/p][/quote]Now that the buses are so clean, can we have Cornmarket open again for North to East Buses please. zimmer, Wolvecote.

5:08pm Mon 18 Feb 13

Wanchai says...

"With advances in technology, gone are the days when Oxford shoppers would have to battle through clouds of bus exhaust fumes."

This is carp. They are cutting some of the emissions on some of the buses. Oxford is still choking - get the hideous things out of the centre and give us a clean city.
"With advances in technology, gone are the days when Oxford shoppers would have to battle through clouds of bus exhaust fumes." This is carp. They are cutting some of the emissions on some of the buses. Oxford is still choking - get the hideous things out of the centre and give us a clean city. Wanchai

6:30pm Mon 18 Feb 13

Dilligaf2010 says...

Wanchai wrote:
"With advances in technology, gone are the days when Oxford shoppers would have to battle through clouds of bus exhaust fumes."

This is carp. They are cutting some of the emissions on some of the buses. Oxford is still choking - get the hideous things out of the centre and give us a clean city.
Oh I agree wholeheartedly. All buses should terminate at the park & ride sites, and only the park & ride buses should be allowed into the city centre.
[quote][p][bold]Wanchai[/bold] wrote: "With advances in technology, gone are the days when Oxford shoppers would have to battle through clouds of bus exhaust fumes." This is carp. They are cutting some of the emissions on some of the buses. Oxford is still choking - get the hideous things out of the centre and give us a clean city.[/p][/quote]Oh I agree wholeheartedly. All buses should terminate at the park & ride sites, and only the park & ride buses should be allowed into the city centre. Dilligaf2010

8:25am Tue 19 Feb 13

zimmer, Wolvecote. says...

Dilligaf2010 wrote:
Wanchai wrote:
"With advances in technology, gone are the days when Oxford shoppers would have to battle through clouds of bus exhaust fumes."

This is carp. They are cutting some of the emissions on some of the buses. Oxford is still choking - get the hideous things out of the centre and give us a clean city.
Oh I agree wholeheartedly. All buses should terminate at the park & ride sites, and only the park & ride buses should be allowed into the city centre.
That is a great idea, but how do the thousands of people who use the bus to get to work, get to the park and ride, oh I know we have buses that run from Cowley Rd, St Clements Street, Banbury Rd, Marston Road etc, to the park and ride, then we have hundreds of buses from the park and ride to the City Centre. Good Idea Batman.
[quote][p][bold]Dilligaf2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wanchai[/bold] wrote: "With advances in technology, gone are the days when Oxford shoppers would have to battle through clouds of bus exhaust fumes." This is carp. They are cutting some of the emissions on some of the buses. Oxford is still choking - get the hideous things out of the centre and give us a clean city.[/p][/quote]Oh I agree wholeheartedly. All buses should terminate at the park & ride sites, and only the park & ride buses should be allowed into the city centre.[/p][/quote]That is a great idea, but how do the thousands of people who use the bus to get to work, get to the park and ride, oh I know we have buses that run from Cowley Rd, St Clements Street, Banbury Rd, Marston Road etc, to the park and ride, then we have hundreds of buses from the park and ride to the City Centre. Good Idea Batman. zimmer, Wolvecote.

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