Kleanbus urges UK Government to prioritize electric buses

  • Kleanbus’s cost-effective repowered electric buses offer an affordable alternative to new electric buses.
  • Rapid conversion to electric fleets can significantly reduce harmful emissions and combat air pollution.
  • Increased funding and support are crucial for a successful transition to electric buses.

Kleanbus is calling for the UK Government to accelerate electric fleets on Clean Air Day

The company emphasizes the need for swift action and increased funding to facilitate the affordable adoption of zero-emission transportation. Kleanbus places electric buses at the forefront of the shift.

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Kleanbus have engineered a new approach, repowered buses. Their repowered buses are former petrol and diesel buses that are repurposed to become electric-powered.

Kleanbus underscores that their electric repowered buses are significantly cheaper than new electric buses. Furthermore, they boast operating costs just one-third that of diesel buses. Through their groundbreaking “e-powertain module,” Kleanbus offers a rapid, cost-effective solution for converting existing diesel buses into zero-emission vehicles.

Joe Tighe, CEO of Kleanbus, stresses the urgency of electrification, stating: 

“Decarbonising transport is a monumental challenge amid escalating climate change and critical levels of poor air quality. We need the right solution, support, and funding to achieve it. The UK must adopt a bus strategy that includes repowering with electric powertrains. We call for greater support to help fleet operators transition to electric faster, ensuring a cleaner future for all.”

In line with their commitment to practicality, Kleanbus’s Rapid program enables the swift repowering of buses within a mere two weeks, minimizing disruptions and accelerating the transition to fully electric fleets. This approach holds immense potential, reducing harmful emissions by over 4 million tonnes of CO2 and making significant strides in combating air pollution.

Lucy Parkin, Director of ESG at Kleanbus, emphasised the significance of a comprehensive bus electrification strategy and commends funding initiatives such as Transport Scotland’s ScotZEB. However, she highlighted the need for broader funding support to drive a successful and extensive transition to electric buses, ultimately bolstering the improvement of air quality.

Air pollution remains the paramount environmental risk to public health, contributing to an estimated 4.2 million deaths worldwide annually. Diesel engines, commonly used in buses, are major contributors to harmful pollutants. Vulnerable groups, including individuals of a lower socio-economic background, schoolchildren, and the elderly, bear the brunt of this pollution, spotlighting the urgent need for cleaner electric buses.

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