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Scania and ADL complete delivery of world’s largest biogas-powered double-decker bus fleet

In the United Kingdom (UK), Sweden-headed vehicle manufacturer Scania and Alexander Dennis Ltd (ADL) have completed the delivery of 53 double-decker biogas-fuelled buses to Nottingham City Transport (NCT). Representing the world's largest fleet of its type, the 84-passenger-capacity vehicles are now providing daily services on a number of routes in and around the city.

A Nottingham City Transport (NCT) biogas-powered double-decker bus (photo courtesy Scania).
With the delivery of its 53rd biogas bus from Scania, Nottingham City Transport (NCT) in the UK now operates the world’s largest fleet of biogas double-decker buses (photo courtesy Scania).

In May 2017, Nottingham City Transport (NCT) began operating the first of the 53 biogas powered double-decker buses. Each bus has a minimum range of 250 miles on a single fill, and contributes significantly to improved air quality through low emissions of nitrous oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM), and reductions of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by up to 84 percent – all factors which have contributed to Nottingham City Transport being named Top City Operator and winner of the Environmental Award at this year’s UK Bus Awards.

We are delighted at Nottingham’s success at the Awards and congratulate the team wholeheartedly. Nottingham is one of the pioneers of biogas double-deckers in the UK and is now deservedly reaping the benefits of its foresight and commitment. The successful introduction of the fleet, backed by an installation of an in-house gas refueling station, is redefining sustainability and demonstrating a new and exciting model of bus operation comments Martin West, New Bus and Coach Sales Director for Scania (Great Britain) Ltd.

In May 2018, the final bus in the original order was supplied. With plans for further orders of biogas double deck buses and to convert 185 existing buses to the latest Euro 6 emission standards, NCT is on track to reduce emissions by 90 percent by 2020.

We are pleased to have partnered with NCT and Scania on this momentous project. Not only does this fleet deliver the green credentials of biogas, it also provides a premium, passenger-centric specification.  Transparency, trust and mutual respect between all three partners involved have been key in bringing this to life and we are looking forward to continuing to build on this strong foundation in 2019 and beyond, said Richard Matthews, UK Sales Director for ADL.

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