Arriva was today joined by Councillor Jonathan Smale, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Streetpride, as it marked National Clean Air Day by demonstrating the very latest in hybrid bus technology at Derby Bus Station.
Showing support for the annual awareness day, which is designed to encourage people to take action to improve air quality throughout the UK’s cities and towns, Arriva showcased the next generation Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) in the city centre in order to highlight the huge steps the bus industry is taking in tackling air pollution.
The new HEV models, designed by Wrightbus, combine Micro Hybrid technology, conventional internal combustion engines, and electric propulsion system to provide fuel savings and CO2 emission levels 34% better than buses with Euro 5 engines, whilst also offering excellent value for money over its lifetime.
Raj Chander, General Manager for Arriva Derby, explained:
“It’s widely known that buses consistently emit the lowest amount of air pollution from any form of road transport. For example, one full double decker can take up to 75 individual cars off the road, so we can already confidently say we are playing our part towards tackling climate change, but we know we can do more.
“We are committed to positioning bus travel as a viable alternative to car travel. In order to do this we need to ensure that our customers are given access to transport that meets their growing expectations in terms of technology and comfort, but that also delivers with regards to environmental standards.
“HEV’s have the capability to deliver on that requirement, so we were keen to share what we believe could be the most attainable next step for the sustainable evolution of bus travel in Derby with our partners at the City Council, who have always been incredibly forward thinking and supportive when it comes to future proofing local transport.
“We have incredibly impressed by these new buses, and welcome their introduction to the market. We are sure they will make a huge difference to air quality across the UK once they start to be introduced into service.”
Councillor Jonathan Smale, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Public Protection added:
“Air pollution is a serious public health issue, and we all have a part to play. Small changes in the way we travel each day will contribute, but it has to be a citywide effort”.
“One full single decker bus can take up to 40 vehicles off our roads each day, so really do offer a great option to tackle both congestion and air pollution around our city”.
“It has been a real pleasure to see first- hand, this brand new next generation vehicle, and see the efforts that the bus industry are taking to tackle air pollution, and what types of vehicles we could see on the city streets in the near future”.
Now in its second year, National Clean Air Day offers people the chance to find out more about air pollution, share information with friends and colleagues, and help make the air cleaner and healthier for everyone.
For more information, or to get involved visit www.cleanairday.org.uk.
For details about Arriva services in Derby and advice about travel planning or tickets, visit www.arrivabus.co.uk/midlands.