MILTON KEYNES TO TRIAL WIRELESS CHARGING FOR ELECTRIC BUSES
Topic of the practice
Encouraging Low Emission Transports
Good Practice Information
It is a good example of sustainable electronic mobility introduced by the city of Milton Keynes. The main goal of this initiative is the implementation of a scheme using the public and private sector working together to produce a trial of new technology for electric vehicles in public transport at Milton Keynes. The wirelessly charged electric buses are expected to reduce bus running costs by £12-15k per year. An innovative approach to charging electric buses is to enable the quieter, cleaner future of public transport in Milton Keynes. 6 organisations signed a 5 year collaboration agreement committing to the replacement of 7 diesel buses with their all-electric counterparts on one of the main bus routes in the city: The Mitsui subsidiary eFleet Integrated Service Ltd, Milton Keynes Council, Arriva, Wrightbus Limited, Conductix-Wampfler, and Western Power Distribution. The new vehicles will be able to recharge their batteries wirelessly through the day, which means that they will be capable of carrying the equivalent load of a diesel bus.
Evidence of success
The number 7 route in Milton Keynes replaced seven diesel buses with eight electric buses that run 7 days a week; removing approximately 500 tonnes of tailpipe CO2 emissions per year as well as 45 tonnes of other tailpipe emissions. The route currently transports over 775,000 passengers a year over a total of 450,000 miles.
Contact details to obtain further information on the practice
Keith Lawson // John Miles Arup
Essex County Council // MBK Arup Sustainable Projects Limited
Annex completed on: 03-11-2013