New electric bus trial for Reading

2 months ago Fri 9th Jul 2021

From today you may spot, but maybe not hear, a new bus on Reading’s roads.  We are trialling a brand new all-electric double-deck bus on the purple 17 route from 9 July for 10 days.

The new British-built buses produce zero emissions and are far quieter than other vehicles. They can travel at least 160 miles on a single charge, which makes them ideal for our urban routes. Electric technology is reaching a point where we can see that some urban services could reliably be converted to battery electric vehicles in the near future – and so trials like this are really important to understand how they operate in a live environment.

It's not our first electric bus as we’ve trialled a single-deck bus at Winnersh Triangle in 2019 – as well as our converted electric bus, 205, currently running on our yellow 26 route. This new trial will enable us to confirm that the double-deck has got ‘watt’ it takes to compete with our buses powered by diesel and Compressed Natural Gas, and can hold up against the rigours of the modern bus network!

your feedback needed

As part of the trial, we are asking you, our lovely customers, to give us lots of feedback about this  new battery fuelled vehicle.

We want to understand what you like, and don’t like, about the bus. The layout is a little bit different to regular purple 17 buses, partly to make space for some of the batteries, but also as it is in the London style. Simply fill out the form below to tell us what you think after you have been onboard.

We are also asking our drivers to feedback on their thoughts on the bus too – as it is important to understand how a vehicle drives direct from those doing it.