Magtec converts York's City Sightseeing buses to electric power

09 September 2014

One of York’s City Sightseeing buses has become the first double-decker bus in the world to get an electric makeover, thanks to Sheffield based company, Magtec.

The City Sightseeing bus, operated by Transdev, starts operations this month and is
believed to be the first double decker to be converted from diesel to pure
electric with lithium ion batteries. It is expected to travel all day without
needing to charge.

The transformed bus, manufactured by Sheffield based Magtec, will join fifteen new
electric buses which will provide passenger journeys on the streets of York
from September, following a successfully bid to the DfT for £1,388k in 2013,
made available through the Green Bus Fund from DfT.

Marcus Jenkins of Magtec, said: “Magtec’s ability to retrofit this type of bus with
our electric drive train systems opens up a world of opportunity for similar
local authorities and operators to upgrade their existing vehicle fleets. This
is the first retrofit system for buses that provide the benefits of zero
emission in operation that also makes commercial sense for the vehicle
operator.”

The electric retrofitted bus will eliminate the emission of 33 tons of CO2 and more than
535kg of poisonous NOx per year and will also reduce operating costs of the
vehicle by more than £20k per year, according to the City of York.

Transport minister Baroness Kramer said: “This is the first electric double decker bus
conversion in the world. The sightseeing buses will not only showcase York’s many
attractions, but also the huge benefits that low carbon vehicles can bring to
our cities.”