Leicester City Council upgrades its fleet with 13 electric buses to tackle air pollution

The fleet of zero-emission buses will be used for three park and ride services and is expected to come into operation next year

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Leicester City Council has ordered 13 electric buses to tackle air pollution.

The fleet of zero-emission buses, which is expected to come into operation in 2021, aims to convert Leicester’s three park-and-ride services to electric bus operation.

The electric bus provider Pelican Bus and Coach will supply the new vehicles, which will be fitted with 422KWh water-cooled batteries and other innovative features for passenger comfort including LED lights, USB charging points and passenger information systems.

Adam Clarke, Leicester Deputy City Mayor for Environment and Transportation, commented: “Electric vehicles will play a big part in our work to improve the city’s air quality and I look forward to these buses coming into service next year.”