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Powering Manchester’s green buses

Stagecoach’s newly opened green mass transportation scheme in Manchester is being powered by Centrica’s EV enablement solution.

Centrica Business Solutions has provided bus charging infrastructure for Stagecoach which is delivering one of Europe's largest single investments in electric buses, after securing £6.9m in support funding from the Department of Transport’s Ultra Low-Emission Bus Scheme (ULEB). A total of 32 fully electric double-decker e-buses have been introduced on routes in Manchester, with a further two also live in Cambridge.

Centrica Business Solutions led the design and delivery of the charging infrastructure project which includes a new 6.6kV HV timed connection, 2MVA transformer, on site solar generation and charger energy management system. The system is built with expansion in mind, enabling Stagecoach to scale their energy needs, when further routes are electrified.

This is a significant milestone in the history of transport in Greater Manchester and represents one of the biggest single investments in electric buses anywhere in Europe. It will deliver major benefits for our customers, the region and other road users in delivering greener transport on some of Manchester’s busiest roads.”
Elisabeth Tasker Managing Director of Stagecoach Manchester