Electric minibus goes into service in Ruthin

The electric Mercedes-Benz Sprinter (CX22 AWC), supplied by EVM, can access areas which the previously trialled Optare Solos could not serve.

An electric minibus has started operating on local routes in and around the rural market town of Ruthin, five years after a trial found the area unsuitable for electric buses.

On March 14, the Ruthin Fflecsi service replaced fixed-timetable services 173 (Ruthin town), 172 (Ruthin-Clawddnewydd/Derwen) and 176 (Ruthin-Llanelidan/Graigfechan). Passengers must book their journeys no less than an hour ahead.

The service is operated by a fully electric 15-seat minibus, acquired with support from the Welsh Government and the Welsh Government Energy Service. Denbighshire County Council is the service operator. The council recharges the Mercedes-Benz/ EVM e-Cityline in Ruthin, which is the county town.

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