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The electric bus is being trialed on Go North East's popular X66 service - pictured here, an existing x66 vehicle
The electric bus is being trialed on Go North East's popular X66 service - pictured here, an existing x66 vehicle

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Go North East at the forefront of eco-friendly technology, trialling region’s first zero fuel fully electric bus

As part of its bid to have the UK’s greenest bus fleet and following its continued investment in new vehicles and technology, Go North East is trialling the region’s first fully electric zero-emissions bus.

Named the Yutong Electric, the vehicle is quieter than traditional diesel buses and boasts low battery and energy usage. Currently being trialled on Go North East’s popular Gateshead Interchange to MetroCentre X66 route, for the comfort and convenience of passengers, the bus has air conditioning, internal USB charging ports and information screens.

During the three-week trial, Go North East will monitor the running costs of the single-deck vehicle and take feedback from its engineers, drivers and passengers, to make an informed decision on whether an investment should be made in adding Yutong Electric vehicles to its fleet.

The pilot is part of the award-winning bus company’s ongoing efforts to introduce greener vehicles into its 650-strong fleet. In the past five years, it has invested over £44million in buying new buses and £2m has been dedicated to upgrading vehicles; retro-fitting systems to make them more fuel efficient while reducing emissions. Currently, nearly two thirds of its vehicles now have Euro 5 engines and above and another 15% are in the pipeline for retro-fits.

Colin Barnes, head of engineering at Go North East is leading on the trial, he said: “We’re excited to be the first bus company in the region to trial a fully electric bus. With zero fuel emissions, the Yutong Electric is sure to help reduce our carbon footprint, so we are really keen to see what our passengers and team members have to say.”

Designed and made in China, the Yutong Electric is in use in select cities across the UK, including London and Nottingham. Yutong is the largest bus and coach manufacturer in the world, with a global growth strategy focused on electric bus and coach vehicles, with Pelican Bus and Coach their UK agent.

For more information about Go North East, visit www.gonortheast.co.uk

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Around 175,000 journeys are made on Go North East bus services every day to travel around this wonderful region. Travelling to work or education, to visit friends and family, to have a night out, or to visit one of the region's many tourist and leisure attractions.

For over 100 years, Go North East has connected the region's towns and villages with the cities of Newcastle, Durham and Sunderland and currently operates across Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, County Durham and into Tees Valley.

Employing over 2,000 local people, with a fleet of almost 700 buses and coaches and an annual turnover of £100m, the company is the regional subsidiary of the Go-Ahead Group plc, one of the UK's leading providers of passenger transport.

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