First hybrid buses take to the roads of Brighton and Hove

Posted On 20 Mar 2012 at 7:42 pm

Hybrid buses are to run on the streets of Brighton and Hove.

Two of the buses, costing £280,000 each, have been bought by Brighton and Hove Buses to use on the number 7 route.

Roger French, the managing director of the bus company, hopes to buy more of the double deckers.

They combine an electric motor and battery pack which runs in parallel with a small Euro 5 standard diesel engine.

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Councillor Ian Davey launches Brightonm and Hove's first hybrid bus

Ian Davey, the Brighton and Hove City Council cabinet member for transport, launched the first two hybrids buses at a ceremony in Old Steine today (Tuesday 20 March).

Councillor Davey said: “I am delighted to see Brighton and Hove Buses investing in the latest hybrid technology for its buses.

“This will be a great help towards improving air quality in the city.”

Mr  French said: “We are delighted to be the first bus company on the south coast to introduce this emerging technology to our bus fleet.

“The buses will be operating on route 7 which runs along busy city centre streets including North Street and Queen’s Road on its way from Hove to Brighton Marina via Brighton Station.”

Brighton and Hove Buses has submitted a bid to the Department for Transport’s Green Bus Fund for a grant towards the purchase of 11 more hybrids.

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