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Bus and Coach News: Fast-charge battery buses in Coventry: Three Optare Versa EV battery-ele... #bus #coach #diesel

Bus and Coach News: Fast-charge battery buses in Coventry: Three Optare Versa EV battery-ele... #bus #coach #diesel

Three Optare Versa EV battery-electric buses supported by two fast-charging stations are now in service with Travel De Courcey on a park-and-ride service in Coventry. The project has cost £800,000. The fast-charging facilities are only relatively fast taking “less than two hours” to charge the batteries from empty, compared with six to eight hours for a normal charge. The buses have a range of between 75 and 95 miles, but Optare says this figure can be doubled by top-up charges during the day. If the initial investment is high, the running costs are claimed to be low with a full charge at off-peak rates costing £6.40, equivalent to a fuel cost of 6.7p per mile assuming a 95 mile range. Glenn Saint, Optare's chief technical officer, says: “This is a really exciting breakthrough in the development of EV technology in the UK bus industry. A limiting factor in the introduction...

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