Next generation ‘big-small’ buses begin trials on Guernsey

The test could impact rural travel in locations with narrow, winding roads.  

The Alexander Dennis Enviro100EV is now being trialled by CT Plus as part of wider research by the States of Guernsey aiming to improve public transport provision across the Channel Islands. 

At just 2.35meters wide, and 8.5meters in length, the new model is designed for small roads and extremely compact environments. 25 passengers can be seated, with a maximum of 45 including standing spaces. 

Data on energy consumption will be analysed, along with charging requirements and manoeuvrability on routes across the island of Guernsey. This will utilise industry standard-multi physics simulations. 

‘It’s great news that Guernsey is among the first to trial the Envrio100EV. This shows the continued commitment manufactures have to finding the right solution for the island,’ said CT Plus Director Kevin Hart. ‘The bus has an impressive capacity for its small size as some three more can be accommodated on the Enviro100EV than can be taken on the current buses being used in Guernsey.’

“We are really pleased to be trialling the new Enviro100EV in Guernsey,’ added Shaun Millar, National Account Manager for Alexander Dennis. ‘We expect that our ‘big small bus’ will perform well in Guernsey as its size and manoeuvrability make it ideal for the Island’s roads while offering passengers the comfort of a much larger vehicle. This is one of the first on-road trials of the Enviro100EV and we are really looking forward to analysing the results together with CT Plus.’

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