The futuristic all-electric Mercedez-Benz bus is back in Harrogate this week for another trial along a popular local route.
The Harrogate Bus Company are preparing for the introduction of 39 new zero-emission buses in a bid to convert its entire fleet to electric power.
And the Mercedes-Benz E-Citaro bus will be back for another trial along the 1 route this week, linking Harrogate and Knaresborough.
The silver trial bus tested is powered by high-performance water-cooled batteries which use up-to-the-minute technology to extend running time between charges.
The bus is almost silent in operation and produces no tail pipe emissions.
Harrogate Bus Company CEO Alex Hornby tweeted:
“The Mercedes Benz eCitaro is back on The 1 to gain further experience.
“It’ll be trialled elsewhere too. Good feedback from drivers Brandon and Howard – and their customers – today. Views all welcome!”
The Harrogate Bus Company initially set to to convert to zero emissions in 2017 with ultra-low emission diesel buses.
These had 96 per cent fewer emissions, whilst the company also introduced eight electric buses.
But recent bids from North Yorkshire County Council secured nearly £8million in funding which will see 39 new electric buses within the next three years.
Diesel tanks are to be replaced by charging points, whilst routes that are known for poor air quality will see single decker buses that can run all day on a single charge.