‘High value’ customers driving sales of Yutong electric coach
Demand from environmentally conscious customers – such as blue-chip companies – is driving the demand for Yutong’s electric coach, says Richard Crump, MD of UK importer Pelican Engineering.
The Castleford-based dealership used Coach & Bus UK to display the third of three TCe12 coaches bought by London-based Westway, which holds the Queen’s Royal Warrant, ahead of its delivery.
With the first deliveries this summer, a further two have been ordered for other customers.
A slew of positive enquiries means that Mr Crump expects to sell 20 more over the next year.
“On the road it makes commercial sense; we are seeing enquiries driven by operators’ high-value customers who want an electric vehicle and are driving demand,” he tells ITTHub.NET
“The enquiries we are receiving are from operators who have clients willing to pay a premium to travel in an electric coach.”
While running costs are significantly less than a diesel coach, the £305,000 initial purchase price is greater than the £225,000 for the 12m diesel equivalent. However, total cost of ownership is lower.
The TCe12 is the first full electric zero emission coach to be offered in the UK. While new to the UK, it is already in service in Paris where 50 have been in operation for the last two years.
The TCe12 carries 46 passengers and comes with front and centre passenger doors. The centre door and floor section are designed to allow the fitment of a slot-in wheel chair lift if required.
The electric drive line and control system is identical to that used in Yutong’s E10, E12 and airport buses.
The 258Kwh battery provides a range of 200 miles on a full charge.
It can be charged with either a 60Kwh, 90Kwh or 120Kwh DC charger, with a full charge in two hours.
Since entering the UK passenger market in 2014, Pelican has delivered 500 Yutong coaches, of which 300 are the highly-popular 9m TC9 coach, with the remainder being the 12m version.
Find out more: https://pelicanyutong.co.uk/coaches/tce12-electric-coach/