Green incentive boosts eco-buses

A £30million Government grant scheme has stimulated market interest in hybrids and other low-emissions buses. Although it was introduced quickly with sharp deadlines, there is a general feeling in the industry that this scheme has succeeded in raising interest in hybrid and low-carbon buses. Manufacturers believe the government has stepped up to the mark to stimulate the market. By offering an incentive to bring low carbon buses into service, the Department for Transport (DfT) hope to bring forward the reduction in cost that will come about with increased production. The DfT aims to fund as many buses as possible in response to bids from bus service operators. The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) has welcomed the fund as a counterpart to the recent changes to the Bus Service Operators' Grant (BSOG) to which a supplement has been added for low carbon buses. LowCVP believes the government was right to accelerate the bidding process for the green fund in order to respond rapidly to the need for low carbon buses. UK and European manufacturers' current thinking on low carbon buses, and information about their future models are summarised in an inset.

  • Publication Date: 2009-11


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  • Accession Number: 01147155
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Dec 24 2009 8:47AM