Go North East (GNE) has launched Voltra, a new fleet of nine battery-electric buses. It is believed to be the first fully electric bus fleet in the North East of England.

The nine Yutong E10 single-deck buses, supplied by Pelican Bus and Coach, will operate from the company’s Gateshead depot. They will work the 53 and 54 services between Gateshead, Saltwell Park and Newcastle.

The E10 uses water-cooled batteries rated at 422Kw/h with a daily claimed operation range over 300km on a single charge. Vehicles are charged overnight at the Gateshead site in . . .

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