25 Jul '13, 6pm

Have you seen this? We're trialling an Optare Solo EV full electric bus in Edinburgh.

Have you seen this? We're trialling an Optare Solo EV full electric bus in Edinburgh.

Lothian Buses Electric Bus Trial Keep you eyes open for the Optare Solo EV full electric bus we are trialling on the streets of Edinburgh. How does it work? The fully electric bus is being charged at a specially-installed point at our Central Depot. Energy is stored in 56 batteries which take about 6 hours to charge from empty to full. Once charged, the bus and can travel 70-100 miles before it needs to be charged again. A regenerative braking system is also included and means the batteries get charged as the bus slows down. As the bus runs entirely off its own batteries it has no exhaust – so no air pollutants are produced on the street. It can be charged using electricity purely from renewable sources, which would give it an operational carbon footprint of almost zero. The electric motor also makes the bus much quieter than conventional diesel buses cutting on-street and...

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