This will make Leicester one of just four UK cities to operate an all-electric bus fleet, joining London, Norwich and York, whose switch was announced earlier this month.
First Bus plans to have added 600 electric buses to its fleet by March 2024, with 117 of these being spread across Bramley and York, Hoeford (Hampshire), and Norwich. It will pay 58% of the total cost for these non-Leicester depots, with Zebra contributing the remainder.
“Through this co-funding with the Zebra scheme, we’re excited to electrify another five of our UK depots before March 2024,” said First Bus managing director Janette Bell.
BYD announced it had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Octopus Electric Vehicles to purchase 5,000 battery-electric vehicles to lease to customers over the next three years.
The initial order will include the BYD Atto 3 SUV which makes its UK debut in March with a claimed 260 mile range.
Octopus EV now has over 85 models available to customers.
Octopus Energy Group, Britain’s third-largest energy supplier, is a renewable energy group specializing in sustainable energy. Octopus recently announced they are investing EUR €1 billion in France’s green energy market over the next two years.
London Electric Vehicle Company’s electric TX is the successor to the traditional diesel-powered London ‘black cab’
There are now more LEVC (London Electric Vehicle Company – the successor company to that which originated the iconic London ‘black cab’) TX electric taxis on the streets of London than diesel TX4s, as the UK capital’s transition to a green EV black cab fleet continues to accelerate.
Highlighting the transition away from fossil fuel, LEVC’s TX taxi now represents more than 40% of official black cabs, with over 6,000 vehicles operating in the capital.
Alex Nan, CEO of LEVC, commented: “We are witnessing a significant tipping point in the push towards cleaner transportation, with the TX overtaking the diesel-powered TX4 as the cab of choice in London. There are now more than 6,000 TX electric taxis operating in the capital, accounting for over 40% of the black cab fleet.
Planned to be sold alongside the existing Mach-E both in the UK and on the continent, which features a nickel-cobalt-manganese (NCM) battery set-up, the models equipped with an LFP battery will last longer, benefit from lower costs and charge faster, Ford says.
India’s Tata Group is considering setting up a battery cell plant for electric vehicles (EV) in Spain or Britain, a source with knowledge of the matter told Reuters, as its carmaking unit seeks to boost supply chains in Europe.