Milton Keynes, a small town 70km northwest of London, has opted for green transport with eight electric buses on its busy bus routes. These electric buses will eventually replace the diesel buses and will be first of their kind to operate in the United Kingdom.
Milton Keynes last year became the first to implement the pilot project with buses able to run continuously for 17 hours after a wireless booster charge given at the start and end of the route from the virtually invisible charging coils.
Via magnetic response coupling, buses are charged using a power supply coil, located under the asphalt. The driver lowers the receiver plates connected on the bottom of the bus to the road surface for the vehicle to be charged while waiting for passengers at the depot during the day.
Milton Keynes, is considered world’s most demanding electric bus route. The pilot project has been assigned for the duration of five years under a carefully monitored demonstration programme to assess these buses technical and commercial viability. If the buses are able to perform well here, the pilot project will be implemented in other towns and cities across the UK. Implementing electric buses on routes will help save around 500 tonnes CO2 per year while approximately 12-15k GBP in running costs will be saved per annum.