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Electric bus trial in Jersey

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A FULLY-ELECTRIC double-decker bus is to be brought to the Island next week as part of a six-week trial to see whether the vehicle is suitable for Jersey.

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The Metrodecker EV has been loaned to LibertyBus by its manufacturer, Optare, and the transport company will be monitoring a number of different variables, including its range, while it is in the Island.

It is expected that the vehicle will be used on the number 15 route, which runs between town and the Airport, via St Aubin.

Kevin Hart, director of LibertyBus, said it was essential that a trial was carried out before the business considered adding electric buses to its fleet.

‘While it is on the road we will be monitoring passenger loadings, punctuality, reliability and charging and run times,’ he said.

‘We will gather feedback from drivers on how it handles the Jersey roads and from our customers about the experience on-board.’

Meanwhile, Infrastructure Minister Kevin Lewis said: ‘I have been keen for us to trial electric buses in Jersey and I am delighted that LibertyBus is now making this happen. This supports our sustainable transport aims and also the government’s ambition to become carbon neutral by 2030. We will be working closely with LibertyBus monitoring the results of the trial.’

Deputy Lewis said in an interview in April that he hoped to make every States vehicle and public bus electric by the end of his tenure.

The bus is due to be brought into public service on Wednesday afternoon.

Ed Taylor

By Ed Taylor
Journalist

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