First Bus is set to trial Arrival’s electric buses on UK roads in 2021 | Credit: Arrival
Partnership will see Arrival’s electric buses trialled on UK roads for the first time later this year
Electric vehicle developer Arrival is teaming up with one of Britain’s largest transport operators, First Bus, to begin trialling zero emission buses on UK roads later this year, the two firms announced yesterday.
The new partnership is designed to support First Bus’s commitment last year to purchase no more diesel buses across its UK fleets after 2022, and to operate a fully zero-emission fleet by 2035.
It will see First Bus test out Arrival’s single-deck electric buses, which it claims are up to 40 per cent lighter than other battery electric buses on the market, and hold enough capacity to seat 36 passengers.
The trials come in addition to First Bus’s existing efforts to decarbonise its fleet, with the company already operating electric buses in Leeds, Glasgow, and York. The firm also boasts a 99-strong fleet of biomethane buses in Bristol, and last month introduced the world’s first hydrogen-powered double-decker fleet in Aberdeen.
Janette Bell, managing director of First Bus, said the firm was “proud to be the first operator in the UK to trial Arrival’s electric buses and look forward to working together to accelerate the transition to zero emissions in our sector”. “Their ground-breaking technology is also expected to allow for improved customer service, and we’re looking forward to seeing how customers react to the new buses when they’re trialled later this