Local Transport Today is the authoritative, independent journal for transport decision makers. Analysis, Comment & News on Transport Policy, Planning, Finance and Delivery since 1989.

‘Diesel buses beat electric


06 July 2018

Euro VI diesel buses represent a better response to environmental concerns than pure electric buses, an operator has told Brighton & Hove City Council.

Responding to the council’s consultation on stricter standards for its bus-only low emission zone (see above), Compass Travel said: “I think it would be helpful if the wording could be amended to reflect the fact that in the view of most industry experts the investment in Euro VI buses is the best option overall based on current technology. 

“It is really important for Brighton & Hove Council to highlight this investment rather than implying it [Euro VI] is inferior to electric buses.”

The un-named author of the submission says: “With electric buses there are issues over how the electricity is generated – and also the use of heavy metals in the batteries and how these are ultimately disposed of. There is also the issue that current battery technology does not allow a bus to run all day without being recharged – and this then raises a lot more environmental issues.”

Compass Travel’s comments mirror comments made by some of the UK’s largest bus operators last summer in response to the Goverment’s draft air quality plan (LTT 23 Jun 17). 

FirstGroup said: “Alternative fuels – both gas and electric – have a significant cost premium, particularly capital but also potentially operating costs, due to unknowns in terms of whole life costs.” 

National Express West Midlands said: “We are keen that diesel bus engines are not unfairly demonised.”

Compass Travel has told Brighton & Hove that it should consider bringing forward the compliance date for Euro VI from 2024. “If anything, I would like to see it implemented sooner,” says the operator. “We’re currently investing in Euro VI buses and our Brighton services will be 100% Euro VI compliant from September this year.”

Major Roads Senior Planning and Strategy Officer
Transport for the North

£38,559 - £47,735 per annum
Major Roads Senior Planning and Strategy Officer
Transport for the North

£38,559 - £47,735 per annum
Lead Transport Advisor
Auckland Council
View all Vacancies

TransportXtra is part of Landor LINKS

© 2019 TransportXtra | Landor LINKS Ltd | All Rights Reserved

Subscriptions, Magazines & Online Access Enquires
[Frequently Asked Questions]
Email: [email protected] | Tel: +44 (0) 20 7091 7857

Shop & Accounts Enquires
Email: [email protected] | Tel: +44 (0) 20 7091 7855

Advertising Sales & Recruitment Enquires
Email: [email protected] | Tel: +44 (0) 20 7091 7861

Events & Conference Enquires
Email: [email protected] | Tel: +44 (0) 20 7091 7865

Press Releases & Editorial Enquires
Email: [email protected] | Tel: +44 (0) 20 7091 7875

Privacy Policy | Terms and Conditions | Advertise