New 250-mile range electric double-decker bus to be piloted

Equipmake and Beulas claim it’s the first bus to meet TfL’s 2024 safety requirements and it will be trialled next year

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Equipmake and Beulas have joined forces to make an electric double-decker bus with 250 miles of zero-emission range.

The companies claim the new bus, called Jewel E, has the largest battery of any single axle electric double-decker bus, with 543kWh.

Jewel E is set to be built at a manufacturing plant in Norfolk and is reportedly the first electric bus to comply with Transport for London’s (TfL) new 2024 bus safety standard requirements.

The global electric bus market is projected to expand from 300,000 vehicles per year to one million by 2030 and the companies claim this bus will help get the UK on its journey to zero-emission public transport.

The bus will be trial services in 2022 and will be sold commercially later that year.

Ian Foley, Managing Director of Equipmake, said: “Improving urban air quality is a global problem. At the same time, operators want vehicles that are cost-effective and highly efficient, while governments and local bodies need bus manufacturers to bring advanced technology to market quickly.

“Set to be built at an all-new manufacturing facility near to our home in Snetterton, Norfolk, Jewel E will bring new jobs to the local area and has the potential to play a crucial role in supporting the government’s commitment to introduce 4,000 electric buses in the coming three years.

“With demand increasing globally for electric buses, we believe it provides the right solution both nationally and internationally.”