Mayor of London visits Switch electric bus factory in North Yorkshire

Switch Mobility hosted a visit from the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan (pictured, left) and the newly elected Mayor of West Yorkshire Tracy Brabin (pictured, right).

They visited the electric bus manufacturer Switch Mobility in Sherburn in Elmet to see some of the benefits that green investment from TfL is having in different parts of the country. There are currently over 100 Switch electric buses in operation in London’s fleet, with delivery of 30 more buses in progress.

London now has more than 500 zero emission buses overall with a target of making London’s bus network zero-emission by 2030. 

The ambition of making all London buses zero-emission by 2030 will drive substantial bus orders totalling more than £4bn. So, while London’s investment in Switch in Yorkshire is about tackling dirty emissions in the capital, it is also about growing the economy across the whole UK supply chain and investing in greener technologies.

Vice-Chairman of Switch Mobility, Andy Palmer, said: Switch Mobility is honoured to supply EV buses to London.   The company’s transition from Optare to Switch allows us to leverage our now global markets to supports jobs in Leeds.  

“It is important that as the UK emerges from the pandemic that the country makes investments in the Green economy and that this investment is made in local companies where we can support local jobs.   We look forward to strong future collaboration with TfL and West Yorkshire. 

Switch Mobility

Switch Mobility is a technology-focused bus and light commercial vehicle company with the mission to enrich lives through green mobility.

Formed in 2020 as a mature start-up, Switch is forged from the EV elements of Ashok Leyland, the third largest bus and LCV OEM in the world, and Optare, the British bus company with over a century of expertise in using the latest technologies in bus design.

Currently fulfilling orders for operators including Tower Transit and Go Ahead, Switch is creating a strong foundation for the expansion of its operations in Europe and driving growth in India and other parts of the world.

With our team at our sites in the UK and India, our market-leading vehicles are sold in 46+ countries around the globe and combine the best of British and Indian design, technology and engineering to create unique products.

Capitalising on our demonstrable experience and proven expertise in lightest weight architecture, zero emissions technologies, data analytics and software, and not forgetting customer service, Switch Mobility aims to be the commercial EV provider of choice and the industry employer of choice.

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