In partnership with: Optare MetroDecker EV
DRIVETRAIN Magtec traction motor POWER 200kW (268bhp) Torque 3,570Nm
EMISSIONS Zero CONTROLLER Magtec system for charger controls and battery function TYRES 275/70 R22.5
Airy upper deck with
‘cranked’ handrails to
increase gangway space
Smart external looks,
while technology is
COMPROMISE NOT NEEDED
FOR OPTARE’S ELECTRIC DD
With clever packaging, Optare’s all-electric double-decker contender does
not compromise the passenger saloon in terms of space or comfort
Optare’s MetroDecker is one of only two fullelectric
It has a light, airy saloon and is passengerfriendly.
Over 6ft of headroom is available
throughout the lower deck, and the platform
area is well lit.
An Eberspächer fully automatic integrated
heating and air conditioning system with
thermostatically-controlled blown heating,
venting and chilling (upper deck) is fitted.
Within yards of leaving the depot on a
bus that had been standing outside in the
cold, the interior temperature was swiftly
raised. Within a few minutes the saloon was
comfortable and remained so. It also has the
advantage of reducing condensation.
The mirrors are very effective, making
it easy to keep a watchful eye on pedal
cyclists and motorcyclists.
Underway, the traction motor is audible,
but not unduly so, and it all makes for
a quiet, smooth bus.
The footbrake is only needed for
emergency braking or when coming to the
fi nal part of a halt going downhill. In normal
driving we didn’t need to touch the
Unlike some other electric buses
we’ve tried, gentle pressure on the pedal
produces a gentle start. Press the pedal
harder and the bus quickly picks up its
Under deceleration the software has the
regeneration nicely balanced and it’s easy
to make smooth stops.
Overall, this is a good bus. The packaging
means that from a saloon point of view,
there are no compromises; it has the same
internal space and passenger capacity as a
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Full test drive at j.mp/2LxSXLr
c1.5kW/h per km
0 – 20mph
0 – 30mph
NOISE @ 50MPH
22 / ROUTEONE.NET 25 JULY 2018