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Frequently Asked Questions On Newport Electric Buses

Newport Transport - Monday, November 18, 2019

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Following comments on our social media pages, please find below answers to the most common questions received on our fully-electric buses. Please do not hesitate to comment below. We will endeavour to respond to any relevant comments.

  1. Electronic and buses – what about if the bus runs out of power?
  2. The electric bus will not be running out of power. In operations, the bus will return to the depot when the charge reaches approximately 20%. This first addition to our fleet is an ex-demonstrator bus. However, the next fourteen buses will have a higher power charge, which will increase the range of operation.

  1. Electric buses are not really zero emission vehicles as electricity is required to charge the batteries. What is the infrastructure in place at the depot?
  2. Newport Transport has partnered with Zenobe Energy, an independent owner and operator of energy storage. Working with Zenobe ensure that the energy required to charge the buses will be from renewable sources. Newport Transport already utilises 214 solar panels and this is in the process of being expanded. We are working with our partners to ensure that the operations of our electric buses will be as close to zero emission as possible.

  1. It has been reported in the press about children as young as five years old working in mines to get the elements to make the electric batteries.
  2. The elements mined to produce the batteries supplied by Yutong are iron, phosphate and lithium. The reference to child labour is in relation to the mining of cobalt, which is not used in these batteries.
    By working with reputable partners, we ensure that due diligence was given to the accreditation of suppliers.

  1. Will the bus be able to operate a whole day on one charge?
  2. The current bus is expected to cover 187 km (116 miles) on a single charge, making it suitable for most routes around the City of Newport. The next new fourteen buses will benefit from larger batteries increasing the range to 380 km.

  1. What route will the electric bus be operating on?
  2. The current bus is used on most of the routes that currently operate a full-size single-deck vehicle. The mid-term objective is to lower the air pollution in the areas of the city which suffer the most with poor air quality. Therefore, seven of the fourteen buses will be dedicated to the Caerleon Road corridor, which has two areas of poor air quality. The other seven buses will be allocated closer to the time of operation.

  1. The electric bus appears to be a small bus with steps inside, making it dangerous for the elderly and disabled and with very limited seating.
  2. All buses are low floor and compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA). The Yutong E12 electric buses ordered by Newport Transport are similar to our current single-deck fleet and have a seating capacity of 39 seats.
    We are reviewing the option of a smaller bus to operate on the routes that can only cope with smaller size vehicles.

  1. Will this first electric bus be permanent in the streets of Newport?
  2. The introduction of electric buses in the Newport Transport fleet is part of our bus replacement strategy. Thanks to the partnership in place with Pelican Engineering and Zenobe Energy, the cost of an E12 is comparable to a diesel bus. In addition, there are substantial financial savings due to lower maintenance requirements, believed to be in the region of 33% compared to a diesel bus.
    At present, the limitation to extend the introduction of the electric buses is the range. Newport Transport required a third of its vehicle to exceed the current range of 340 km of the new vehicles. This will improve overtime as battery technology improves.

  1. Why did you choose the Yutong E12?
  2. We have trialled various models of electric buses over the last 12 to 18 months in order to choose the one that will be best suited to our network. The feedback received on the Yutong demonstrator was very positive. Research into driver and passenger acceptance showed a 94% rating from passengers and 96% from drivers, in contrast with scores in the region of 70-80% on the previous vehicles tested.
    In addition, the manufacturer Yutong is one of the largest electric bus manufacturers in the world, with the experience of thousands of buses with the same battery and drive train in service.

    Further information is available on our partners' websites:
    Pelican Engineering / Yutong https://pelicanyutong.co.uk/yutong-e12-the-first-electric-bus-in-service-in-wales/
    Zenobe Energy https://zenobe.co.uk/zenobe-on-bbc-wales/

Newport Transport supports celebration of Remembrance

Newport Transport - Tuesday, November 05, 2019

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To mark Remembrance Sunday and to thank those who have served or still serve in the military, Newport Transport offers free travel on Sunday to customers in military uniform or those who show an ID badge as proof of current or previous service in any branch of our armed forces.

Scott Pearson, Managing Director of Newport Transport comments: “We are delighted to once again offer free travel to all armed forces personnel, veterans and cadets all day on Remembrance Sunday as a way of thanks for all that they have done or currently do for this country. The company has a great history enshrined right back to the first world war. Those brave employees are remembered on our plaque of remembrance in our head office reception.”

REMEMBRANCE PLAQUE

Newport Transport hopes this free transport will allow those who served to remember the fallen and those they fought alongside at localised events or at the Remembrance Parade taking place in Newport City Centre.

A Bronze Award holder of the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS), Newport Transport pledged to be a forces friendly employer. Members of staff who have previously served will also be taking place in the parade and will lay a wreath at Newport Cenotaph on behalf of Newport Transport.

 

Newport Transport MOT Centre quest towards environmentally friendly commute

Newport Transport - Friday, November 01, 2019

MOT Staff cycling

Despite the perk of free bus transport for staff and immediate family as an employee of Newport Transport, the MOT staff has decided to go that bit further for the environment and a healthier lifestyle.

Here what Ben Fife, Vehicle Technician / MOT Tester wrote about it:

In the last few years, cycling into work has become the norm for three of the MOT workshop’s staff. Michael started the trend, relentlessly defying the weather; Michael owns a car, but it’s seen so little, it has now a mythical status! Rico and I both followed, starting to casually ride in on fine days, but in the last couple of years - the cycling bug has really hit, and our cars are only ever brought to work when necessity dictates. This means that most of the time, the majority of our MOT Centre staff ride as opposed to driving.

Thanks to a generous deal, Rico recently bought Michael’s old road bike, meaning all 3 MOT testers now ride light, traffic-beating bikes to get effortlessly to work whilst saving on car emissions and fuel.

Cycling isn’t just a means to an end for our trio. We often ride aside from the commute; cycling for fitness, mental wellbeing and occasionally challenging ourselves with sportive events and longer club rides on the weekends.In three years, I went from riding 3.5 miles to work to riding 104 miles in a day on a Charity ride.

Cycling is the subject of daily conversations, from what’s on the cycling calendar to lycra or the next planned ride. Aside from the health and fitness benefits that the three of us  enjoy, it frees up three parking spaces, is emission-free and helps us remaining positive, healthy and productive staff members.

Dont hesitate to ask us about our  last ride when you’re in next for your car service or MOT.



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