Politicians and public bodies are setting deadlines to eliminate diesel buses without a clear understanding of the challenges of using alternative technology in rural areas. Clues about their limitations are to be found in the results of trials in north Wales, as RHODRI CLARK reports

There the Department was some bemusement for Transport when awarded £500,000 to Denbighshire County Council in 2017 for four electric buses, to be used on services in the middle of the county.

The Optare Solo M8900SR EV demonstrator, OP02 ARE, on trial with Stagecoach on route X1.

The area is rural, and the focus then across Britain was on meeting obligations to reduce air pollution in urban areas. Carbon emissions, meanwhile, received no mention in the DfT’s announcement of that year’s award of £11million for ‘greener’ buses.

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