UK demand for new low emission buses surges ahead

14 January 2016  •  Author(s): Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

According to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), the UK bus sector has witnessed a threefold rise in low emission buses and coaches registered in 2015.

UK demand for new low emission buses surges in 2015

Over half (53.5 percent) of all new buses and coaches registered in 2015 met the latest Euro-VI emissions standard, marking a threefold increase compared with 2014.

The boost in demand comes as the regulatory period of grace which has allowed operators to specify older technologies for their fleets is due to end. As a result, this modern clean vehicle technology is now being widely adopted across the UK.

53.5 percent of 2015 registered buses in the UK were low emission vehicles

Operators in Glasgow and Birmingham renewed the largest proportion of their fleets with Euro-VI vehicles, with more than four out of every five new buses and coaches registered in these cities meeting the standard. Meanwhile, in London, which has the biggest fleet in the country, just over half of new vehicles featured Euro-VI technology.

low emission bus figires

Commenting on the figures, Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said: “Industry has invested billions of pounds in advanced vehicle technology that delivers real results so it is encouraging to see this rapid uptake of Euro-VI in the UK. The UK automotive sector remains committed to working alongside operators, government and local councils to encourage widespread adoption of the latest vehicles that will help dramatically improve the air quality in our towns and cities.”

Euro-VI vehicles have the potential to deliver significant improvements to air quality, with advanced technology that captures 99 percent of soot particulates and drastically reduces emissions of Nitrogen Oxides (NOx). Real world testing of Euro-VI buses carried out by Transport for London (TfL) on the 159 London Bus route shows a 95 percent decrease in NOx emissions compared with their previous generation Euro-V counterparts.


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