Coach decarbonisation taskforce starts work

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CPT has created an industry-wide coach decarbonisation taskforce to start to create the roadmap which will help operators decarbonise their fleets.

The taskforce to be chaired by Ian Luckett of the Lucketts Travel Group and National Express, and reporting to CPT’s Coach Commission, will bring together operators, manufacturers and other experts.

It will start by reviewing and evidencing the challenges the industry faces to decarbonising the fleet building on the conclusions from the CPT coach decarbonisation conference taking place today.

This work will lead to a CPT report on potential solutions for the sector in the summer of 2022. This report will form a crucial part of CPT’s engagement with governments across Britain on one of the most important issues for the coach sector.

Commenting on the launch of the taskforce CPT Chief Executive Graham Vidler said: “CPT is launching this taskforce to help our members get ahead of what will be a transformational issue for the industry over the coming decades.

“The taskforce will start with a forensic examination of the issues ahead. This is a crucial first step in helping us develop sustainable and deliverable solutions which will help the industry on its journey to net zero.”  

Chair of the taskforce Ian Luckett said: “I am delighted to be chairing the taskforce and look forwarding to working with my fellow taskforce members, CPT and other industry stakeholders.

“Decarbonising our world is essential and it’s vital our industry understands the part it needs to play on the journey to ‘net Zero’. It must be clear not only about the challenges it faces, and what needs to happen to help it overcome them, but that it has evidence to back this up. I will be asking members of the taskforce to have this in mind from day one as we begin this exciting and important work.”   

The initial members of the taskforce are:

  • Chris Owens – Alpine Travel
  • Martin MacPhail – MacPhail Coaches
  • Buta Atwal – Ryse
  • Dan Hayes – Zemo Partnership
  • Ian Downie – Yutong Pelican
  • Mark Ballam – ADL

The remit of the taskforce is to identify the hurdles in relation to:

  1. Technology (battery-electric, hydrogen fuel-cell and other potential zero-emission technologies)
  2. Charging infrastructure (electric and hydrogen) including on-route charging
  3. Costs, including economies of scale, warranties
  4. Finance, including suitable financial structures, products and guarantees
  5. Knowledge and experience of operation (staff shortages, skills gaps)
  6. Vehicle and charging requirements in rural, island, and urban areas
  7. Insurance

Says Ian Downie Head of Yutong Bus: “Pelican is proud to be one of the first members. At the recent CPT coach conference, we were honoured to present how Pelican can support the transition to zero emission coaches.

“We discussed how the theory is actually today’s reality, and our 27 billion km of zero emission passenger transport proves the capabilities. “Our zero emission coach, the TCe12 (pictured) has already completed 1m km of travel in the UK.

“We have accepted an invitation to be part of CPT’s Coach Decarbonisation Taskforce, and look forward to engaging with operators, funders, manufacturers and other stakeholders in this vital work ahead.

“This is a crucial first step in helping us to develop sustainable and deliverable solutions which will help the industry on its journey to net zero. CPT should be applauded in launching this initiative.”

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