Reading Buses converts hybrid to full-electric in trial
Reading Buses is the latest operator to use Magtec’s technology to convert a diesel-electric hybrid bus to full electric.
The trial also delivers the first full-electric bus in regular service in the Thames Valley.
The former ADL Enviro400 diesel-electric hybrid was one of a batch delivered new to the operator in 2010 for its Yellow 26 route.
Now, Magtec has removed the engine and replaced the batteries with a modern system capable of covering more mileage than the previous hybrid.
It will also be given a new exterior design to showcase its electric credentials.
Initially running for nine months on Yellow 26 alongside the rest of the hybrids, it will then be tested on other routes.
Reading Buses CEO Robert Williams says: “Wider roll out would need significant investment in charging infrastructure, but we want to gain experience with the technology to see how it performs in a real-world scenario.
“In the meantime, Reading Buses is still very much committed to using compressed natural gas. Over one third of the fleet in Reading runs on carbon natural gas.
“Work is also underway with Reading Borough Council to retro-fit all remaining diesel vehicles to Euro VI by the end of the year.”
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