Buses from Magtec and Optare amongst those on show to demonstrate zero emission capabilities in public transport at low carbon vehicle event.
For the second year running, Cenex’s Low Carbon Vehicle Event, LCV2017, will be showcasing a selection of the latest zero-emission systems from the UK bus market. In partnership with the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership and its Bus group members, LCV2017 will give visitors the chance to ride four battery-electric buses provided by Magtec and Optare. The event is taking place 6–7 September 2017 at Millbrook in Bedfordshire, and set to attract more than 3,000 attendees.
LCV2017 will be the tenth in a series of national low carbon vehicle events run by Cenex. The wide variety of low carbon and low emission technologies on display is testament to how quickly developments are being made in the shift to low carbon mobility across all vehicle sectors. The zero-emission buses will be showcased as a shuttle bus service on site, which will operate on both days of the LCV event, from 7 am to 7 pm, enabling visitors to see these comfortable and quiet, zero-emission buses in action as part of the end-to-end event experience
Zero-emission retrofit providers Magtec, exhibiting for the third year in a row, will be demonstrating the UK’s first electric double-deck bus, a “repowered” sightseeing bus from York, which was developed as part of the Clean Bus Technology Fund in 2013. The UK’s first crowdsourced electric bus conversion from Sussex operator Big Lemon will also be in service – a single-deck Optare bus converted by Magtec. Optare will provide its own extended-range electric Versa EV alongside the UK’s first purpose-built battery electric double-deck bus, the Metrodecker EV, which is currently on trial in Leeds. These four zero-emission buses will be supported by a Vantage Power diesel hybrid bus from Go Ahead, a CNG double decker Scania provided by Reading Buses and the latest clean-diesel Euro VI vehicles, which are provided by Arriva Milton Keynes.
LowCVP will also showcase a range of low carbon and low emission HGV technologies and fuels on the steering pad at the new “Low Emission Truckstop”. Visitors will have the opportunity to see various solutions for the commercial vehicle sector, including biomethane and hybrid trucks from Scania, a battery-electric truck from Magtec and a range-extended hydrogen fuel cell panel van from Arcola. In addition, the Truckstop is hosting “The Ingenium Powercube” from Off-Grid Energy, a zero-emission off-grid power-supply solution that is currently providing battery-storage systems for UPS’s London distribution depot.