Following a successful application for funding from the United Kingdom Green Bus Fund 5 in 2013, Reading Transport Limited (Reading Buses) has taken delivery of seven single decker biomethane-fuelled buses. Funding of GBP 114,000 (USD 0.188 million) was received for 14 buses, with the balance of order in the course of delivery.
The buses are based on the 12-metre Scania KUB 4×2 chassis, powered by Scania’s 270 horsepower EEV 9.3-litre five-cylinder gas engine, which is capable of operating on either Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) or biomethane (Bio-CNG). The engine offers high efficiency and low fuel consumption with no need for exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) and delivers an operating range of approximately 150 miles (240 kms) in the design configured for Reading Buses.
Reading Buses purchased the first 20 biomethane buses without the aid of external funding, relying on the benefit of lower fuel costs to cover the extra –over costs of the buses and investment in the infrastructure for gas supply, explained James Freeman, CEO.
Freeman added that in addition to the Green Bus funding, the public transportation company has also received a similar sum by way of capital grant towards the cost of a second compressor and other infrastructure works associated with the second fleet of buses (representing about a third of our expenditure).
(Source: Reading Transport Ltd)