TRL is appointed to evaluate performance of low emission buses

24 August 2017  •  Author(s): Eurotransport

TRL, the global centre for innovation in transport and mobility, has been commissioned by the Department for Transport (DfT) to monitor and evaluate the performance and impacts of low emission buses in 13 locations across the UK.

TRL is appointed to evaluate performance of low emission buses

Undertaking miles of travel in urban areas and traditionally run on diesel fuel, which produces CO² emissions buses have been proven to have a negative impact on air quality. Therefore, steps are being taken to drive down emissions by the DfT, which, through the Low Emission Bus Scheme, has provided grants for deployment of low emission buses and related infrastructure on existing routes around the country.

“There is a lot of emphasis on reducing emissions in the UK and improving air quality within our communities,” said Denis Naberezhnykh, Head of Ultra Low Emission Vehicles and Energy at TRL. “This is why it is vital the various low emission bus solutions being put in place are evaluated, to inform smart investments and policy decisions in the future.”

Variations of gas, full-electric, hybrid-electric and hydrogen fuel cell buses will be procured and operated by bus operators around the UK and TRL will carry out data collection and analysis of bus and infrastructure performance, cost savings and environmental impacts to create insight reports for the DfT and the bus industry alike.

This will allow government and bus operators to make informed decisions about how to best develop their low emission bus fleets and infrastructure.

“By implementing a robust process for collecting accurate and reliable data from these projects over an extended duration, a comprehensive understanding of their performance and impacts will beo btained and made available to the DfT, bus operators and the broader bus industry,” Denis Naberezhnykh concluded.

The trials are already underway and TRL will be looking to report back the interim projects findings in just over 12 months’ time.

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