Pelican has been awarded a contract by Carmarthenshire County Council to supply eight zero-emission buses for the TrawsCymru route, after a competitive tender.
The vehicles, taking passenger comfort levels to the next level, are planned to be delivered in Q3/4 2022.
Charging infrastructure is already in progress, and the vehicles will be the first electric buses in the UK capable of charging at 240kW per hour, allowing rapid recharging.
The buses will have a number of state of the art specification items to ensure customer safety and comfort.
They will have upgraded seating, full air-conditioning, passenger wi-fi, USB charging, and the very latest passenger information systems.
These will ensure that passengers arrive “in a level of comfort not normally seen in bus operations,” says Pelican.
The buses will also be fitted with industry leading safety systems, including ABS and Yutong Electric Safety Systems.
Ian Downie, Head of Yutong Bus UK says: “We are absolutely delighted and honoured to have successfully awarded this prestigious contract by Carmarthenshire County Council. The specification that they have stipulated will be unique within the UK, and takes passenger comfort levels to the next level. These quiet, zero-emission buses will be making a significant impact to air quality in South West Wales.”
Stephen Pilliner, Head of Transportation and Highways at Carmarthenshire County Council adds: “We are delighted to be working with Wales Government and Transport for Wales on this vanguard project for South West Wales. “The zero-emission buses will be used on the Traws Cymru Carmarthen to Aberystwyth services and will provide passengers with a modern service that will decarbonise transport and provide an attractive public transport option for customers.”