City of York council today (March 11) announced it has been awarded £475,000 in government funding to help convert five older diesel buses to electric in the city.
According to the council, the funding will help retrofit the diesel buses into zero emission motion vehicles, which it claims will entirely eliminate 2,000kg of nitrogen dioxide emissions from the city as the buses produce no pollution at the tailpipe.
In addition, the council estimates the buses will cut carbon emissions by 95 tonnes, while the operating costs of the electric buses will save £75,000 per year.
The council said the electric range of the buses would be “more than enough” to complete a full day of driving, adding that the vehicles will charge overnight at their depot using “low carbon, off-peak electricity”.
York councillor David Levene, cabinet member of transport, planning and economic development at, said: “York is again leading the way in improving air quality and bus travel. We were the first city in the world to launch the new electric double decker bus earlier this year and the first city in the UK to adopt a Low Emission Strategy.”
There are three Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs) in York where the national annual average objective of 40 microgrammes per cubic metre for nitrogen dioxide is being exceeded.
Cllr Tracey Simpson-Laing, Cabinet Member for Communities – which includes carbon reduction – said: “This will all feed into our adopted Air Quality Action plan, which will result in improved air quality for residents and everyone who visits the city.”
According to the council, the latest public health outcome figures estimate that around 80 deaths each year in York are attributable to air pollution.
Also today, York council was shortlisted as one of 12 cities in the running to receive a share of the government’s £35 million fund to become ‘centres of excellence’ for low emission vehicles (see airqualitynews.com story).