£56m bus deal could see zero emission buses in Greater Manchester, though with strings attached
- Introduction subject to Stagecoach Manchester winning Department for Transport grant;
- Transport for Greater Manchester to submit rival bid for all-electric Vantage and Metroshuttle routes and school buses.
You can safely say that Greater Manchester is the spiritual home of the electric bus. 45 years ago it set the trend with Chloride’s Silent Rider – an all-electric Seddon single decker bus. Unlike today’s buses, it was only used at peak times and charged between the peaks. By 2012, the first electric-hybrid buses entered regular service and became a regular feature on trunk routes.