All Electric by fishers

All Electric

Over the past few months First York bus company has taken delivery of 21 battery electric double deck buses for use on three of the five of the Park and Ride routes in York. One of the excluded routes already has battery electric single deckers, and the other needs longer articulated buses to provide enough capacity, which are not yet available as all electric. For now they have had their engines upgraded to Euro VI emission standards.

My reason for including this photo is that I had a ride on one of these to the Askham Bar vaccination centre for a Covid-19 vaccination this afternoon. They are comfortable, and have impressive acceleration. The Askham Bar route has been modified slightly to allow those going for vaccination to get off the bus almost at the pedestrian entrance.

The bus in this shot is parked opposite the railway station basking in the sun, and has the city walls in the background. For the technically minded, they were built by Optare in Sherburn-in-Elmet, about 10 miles from York. They will reduce CO2 emissions by 1.6million tonnes per year in the city, compared with diesel buses. At the time they were ordered, they were the second largest battery electric fleet in Britain, with London having the largest.

Sorry for the later than usual post, I haven't been back home from my exciting outing for very long.

Ian
Very environmentally friendly and all the more so when they are made so close by!!
February 19th, 2021  
like the 100%
February 19th, 2021  
Environmental friendly let’s have more, super news!
February 19th, 2021  
An interesting capture and great narrative
February 19th, 2021  
I used to work for First Group :) Wasn't driving a bus though.
February 19th, 2021  
Very cool
February 19th, 2021  
great capture
February 19th, 2021  
That’s great that your vaccinated. A little bit of a slower program in Canada. Love the idea of an electric fleet. I have an electric car and love it.
Nice shot of the bus :)
February 19th, 2021  
Such a good idea! Good luck with the vaccination
February 19th, 2021  
Jo
Great capture of this environmentally friendly bus - what a wonderful service that is being provided in order for you to receive a vaccination as well.
February 20th, 2021  
Great shot...Looks big and roomy
February 20th, 2021  
Oh wow, all electric? I always think they don't have much in the way of battery longevity. Hope it works well! Hope you are feeling okay after your vaccination. Lots of people have side effects for a couple of days. Hope you're doing well.
February 20th, 2021  
Beautiful shot and bus. Your county is sure moving in the right direction to lower emissions; buses are the worst in this. Our buses, which I never make use of even though they are free for over 60's have Grade V/Vl engines but far away from turning to electric ones.
February 20th, 2021  
It goes to show how electric vehicles are getting better and better! And well done to the bus company for buying so many. Very positive move.
February 20th, 2021  
Well done York on so many electric buses!
Nice to hear you've had your vaccination too, hopefully some level of normality will return soon. Great shot, fav.
February 20th, 2021  
Great narrative and I’m happy you had a great day out too. The bus might have zero emissions except for tyre rubber on the road and oil from moving parts. 100%? And I’m sure that there are emissions from the production of power no matter what method. Truth in advertising???
We are just about to start lining up for our vaccinations here in Australia. Bring it on!!!
February 20th, 2021  
impressive go-green bus. Hope this is the way forward and you see more of these
February 20th, 2021  
What a great idea, perhaps it will catch on! Good to see the city wall framing the bus behind.
February 20th, 2021  
Great shot. Edmonton is slowly increasing their bus fleet with electric buses
February 20th, 2021  
Cool!
February 20th, 2021  
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Thank you all for your lovely comments and favs, they are very much apprecated.

Sorry for my absence for the last couple of days, I was not feeling at my best after my Covid-19 vaccination. It seems I am one of a small minority to suffer a little more than a sore arm afterwards. Still, It's done and it feels like a big step forward towards whatever the new normal becomes. Roll on the second dose!

Ian
February 22nd, 2021  
@fishers . My husband and I felt quite rough for about 36 hours after the vaccination
February 22nd, 2021  
@carolmw

Thank you Carol. I felt much better by yesterday evening. Katharine had hers a week earlier with no effect except the sore arm - but she did have a different vaccine to me. We both feel a great sense of relief after having it done.

Ian
February 22nd, 2021  
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