Four Yutong E12 battery-electric single-deckers have entered service with Centrebus to convert the Hospital Hopper service in Leicester to zero-emission operation.
Electrification of the Hospital Hopper is part of the Leicester Buses Partnership, an ambitious programme of work between Leicester City Council (LCC) and all local operators to improve services and vehicles across the city. The Partnership aspires to an all-zero-emission fleet in Leicester by 2030.
Hospital Hopper is thus now part of the Greenlines electric bus project, joining park-and-ride services operated by Roberts Travel Group that utilise 11 other Yutong E12s. 96 more battery-electric buses for the city will follow thanks to an award through the Zero Emission Bus Regional Areas fast-track mechanism, with further funding from operators and LCC.
Entry into service of the four latest E12s has seen the service connecting Leicester’s three major hospitals benefit from a significant upgrade. In addition to bringing an end to scheduled use of diesel buses on the route, users will benefit from the onboard passenger information screens and USB charging points fitted to the Yutongs.
Pelican Bus and Coach has supplied the E12s to Centrebus. Says Head of Yutong Bus UK Ian Downie: “The additional four vehicles will further enhance the passenger experience for Leicester residents. These state-of-the-art buses are fitted with full air-conditioning and not only travel with zero emissions but are whisper quiet when in operation.
“It is testament to Leicester City Council and local bus operators that their partnership is being implemented so quickly, with 15 Pelican-supplied vehicles in service already.”