A FLEET of eco-friendly buses aimed at cutting carbon dioxide emissions and reducing fuel costs are to hit the roads of Sheffield.
Sheffield Council has unveiled seven new green minibuses – the largest fleet of hybrid buses for a local authority in England.
The minibuses will be used for home to school special needs transport, including at Bents Green Special School.
The council estimates that, over their working life, the vehicles will see a 17 per cent reduction in fuel costs and carbon dioxide emissions compared with conventional minibuses, saving the authority thousands of pounds.
Funding came from the Government’s Low Carbon Vehicle Procurement Programme.
Coun Jack Scott, Sheffield Council cabinet member for environment, said: “These greener buses will reduce fuel costs at a time of rising prices and they will also help the environment, which is massively important to us.
“Their introduction is a really positive step forward to a more sustainable Sheffield and will help strengthen our reputation as England’s greenest city.”
The award-winning Ashwoods Hybrid drive technology used in the buses reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 15-25 per cent.
The system is entirely self-powered - it stores energy every time the vehicle slows down then transfers it to the wheels via an electric motor.
It never needs plugging into a charging point - and operators do not have to worry about the battery going flat.
Mark Roberts, managing director of Ashwoods Automotive, which provided the vehicles, said: “The new vehicles will help Sheffield lower greenhouse gas emissions and reduce its fuel consumption.”