Wirelessly Charged Buses Hit UK Roads

Electric buses that are said to run all day are set to begin service.

Eight new electric vehicles will operate along a busy route in Milton Keynes from late January this year. The buses are the first of their kind to operate in the UK.

The buses can run all day, by virtue of a wireless booster charge they receive at the start and end of their route from plates in the road.

The new vehicles have been built by UK bus manufacturer Wrightbus, and will operate as part of a five-year trial programme led by the European division of Japanese company Mitsui and UK engineering group Arup.

John Bint of Milton Keynes Council said: "Electric buses have huge potential and we're exploring how they can help us take better care of the environment without compromising passenger service.

"With the help of the project collaborators, we'll be monitoring the buses closely over the next five years."

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