First Bus opens public EV charging facility

The UK’s first bus depot to offer consumer electric vehicle (EV) charging is now open to the public, at First Bus’ new purpose-built hub at Summercourt depot in Cornwall. The Summercourt charging hub is the first-of-its-kind for the bus industry, providing direct access for the public to rapid electric charging infrastructure for electric cars and […]

First electric buses hit the road in Portsmouth, Fareham and Gosport

The first new electric buses from First Bus South, operator of First Bus Solent, have entered service in Portsmouth, Fareham and Gosport, ushering in the region’s first zero-emissions buses.  They are the first of 62 buses which will be rolled over the coming weeks for passengers on a range of routes. The company says the […]

First Bus partners on suicide prevention

New research has found people at risk of suicide are increasingly using buses to travel to the place they plan to take their lives to avoid being detected by emergency services. This study coincides with Bristol-based Suicide Prevention UK teaming up with bus company with First West of England in what is thought to be […]

Norwich’s first electric buses have hit the streets

Norwich’s first zero-emissions electric buses have hit the city’s streets today. Seven brand new electric double deckers, owned and operated by First Bus, are now serving passengers on the Pink, Red, Orange and Blue lines. These vehicles are the first of a fleet of seventy that are being rolled out over the coming months, to […]

Self-driving, full-size single-decker bus starts operation for the first time in Oxfordshire

A new electric, self-driving single-decker bus, operated by First Bus, is carrying passengers in Oxfordshire between Didcot Parkway train station and Milton Park. It follows trials of a self-driving mini-bus around Milton Park, which then expanded to a round trip between the station and the business park, reports the BBC. First Bus said the bus’ radar, LiDAR and […]

Bus depot in line to be Britain’s biggest EV charging hub

First Bus in Scotland is building the UK’s largest electric vehicle charging hub as it replaces half its fleet with electric buses in a depot in Scotland. The BBC reports that the programme to add 160 charging points at the Caledonia depot is expected to be completed in 2023 with the first 22 buses arriving […]

Arriva and First Bus to start of zero emission bus trials

Arrival has announced that it will begin trials of its zero emission Bus with First Bus, one of the UK’s largest transport operators. The trials, which will see Arrival buses navigating existing First Bus routes in the UK, will begin this Autumn, said the companies. The new partnership comes just seven months after First Bus […]

First Bus retrofits 1,000th vehicle to reduce emissions

First Bus has announced it’s completed the refit of 1,000 buses across its UK network with new exhaust systems and e-Fans to comply with Euro VI emission requirements. It says the £16m retrofitting programme has been successfully delivered in partnership with the Joint Air Quality Unit of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs […]


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