THERE were smiles all round when a Henley In Arden coach company trialled the UK’s first-ever fully electric zero-emission coach.
Passengers and drivers at Johnsons Coaches have hailed the 50-passenger coach’s inaugural trips a success.
The coach received its Ultra Low Emission Bus (ULEB) certification in August 2020 and has been given to the company temporarily.
It boasts front and centre passenger doors on the near side, with a centre door and floor section designed for the fitment of a slot-in wheelchair lift. Its electric drive line and control system are identical to those used in the E10, E12 and airport buses.
Johnsons Coach said it carried out a questionnaire to get feedback from drivers and customers who got experience the electric coach.
It found half of respondents found it to be extremely comfortable and better than a normal coach and most passengers preferred the two exit doors.
According to the coach company drivers said it was initially challenging to operate and had some hidden tricks, but after getting used to it, it was a delightful ride.
Head of operations, Ashley Brown, said: “The introduction of the electric coach to our fleet has been a fantastic addition.
“The vehicle drives superbly, and our drivers have thoroughly enjoyed testing it out. They have provided us with positive feedback, which is always great to hear.
“Our passion is to create a greener future for Johnsons and improve overall sustainability.”