Multiple 100% electric buses have been spotted by members of the public across Greater Manchester this morning.
Sightings have been reported on Oxford Road, Wythenshawe and other areas of South Manchester too.
Stagecoach Manchester & Wigan confirmed that their “brand spanking new electric buses” began running on Sunday 1st March.
The sightings come following the government announcement back in February 2019 that TfGM had been successful in bidding for £5.4 million to part-fund 23 new electric buses and charging infrastructure across the borough as part of the ‘Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme’.
Brand new @StagecoachGM @ADLbus @BYDCompany Enviro 400 City EV, 100% Electric buses, have hit the road today on services 43/111 linking Manchester with the Airport/Southern Cemetery. Featuring AV announcements, E-Leather seats & USB power it's a huge upgrade! @tnwbb @CBWtweets pic.twitter.com/GiQm0V3h0e— Mike McNiven (@mikemcniven) March 1, 2020
Whilst these fully-electric buses are not entirely new to the borough, they are rare to come by.
According to TfGM, at present there are 250 buses fitted with Euro VI engines, 101 environmentally-friendly diesel-electric hybrid buses and three fully electric buses in operation across Greater Manchester.
Manchester has set the target to become a zero-carbon city by 2038.
This is at least 12 years earlier than the national target of 2050 and work is currently underway to ensure that all policies and decisions going forward help to reduce the carbon footprint as far as possible, rather than add to it.