Oxford’s transition to a fully electric bus fleet underway

Oxfordshire’s 55,000 daily bus passengers will soon have a choice of an eco-friendly mode of travel, with the county’s bus fleet set to become all electric this summer.

An Oxford Bus Company spokesperson explained to This Is Oxfordshire that the process began in May last year and the team is confident it is almost complete. The spokesperson said: “One of our core values is ‘care for our environment’ and we take our commitment and responsibility seriously.

“We’re committed to not just helping people travel, but to do it in a way that is kind to our environment and contributes positively to the communities we serve.

“Currently we are three-quarters of the way into our transition to electric for our city fleet.

“It means we have 80 of the planned 104 electric vehicles in service.”

Once the electric project is completed later this summer, all buses operating wholly within Oxford city are set to be electric, with this making up around 40 per cent of the total Oxfordshire fleet.

Oxford Bus Company’s parent company the Go-Ahead group has a target to reduce emissions by 75 per cent by 2035 and to become net-zero by 2045. 

In line with that goal, Oxford Bus Company came together with Oxfordshire County Council and Stagecoach in January 2023 to announce their ambitious plan to launch one of the biggest electric bus fleets outside of London.

(Pic: Oxford Bus Company)


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