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Brakes put on electric bus trial

The Metrodecker EV bus was being loaned to LibertyBus for six weeks to see how suitable it would be. Credit: ITV Channel TV

The new electric bus being trialled in Jersey has come to an end.

The Metrodecker EV bus was being loaned to LibertyBus for six weeks to see how suitable it would be.

However after repeated breakdowns the Chief Executive has said that bus is not right for the island and a different electric bus is needed.

It's two year old technology, and electric bus technology is improving all the time. So this is not the end of electric buses in the island. We're actually in talks with the supplier and I'm hopeful we can do another trial with a different bus in the New Year. We all want to be greener, and we're keen to use low carbon technology, so we're hopeful that the newer buses will be suitable here. But we'll know more next year.

– KEVIN HART - CHIEF EXECUTIVE LIBERTY BUS
  • The short history of the electric bus in Jersey:
  • May 2019 - The Government declared a ‘Climate Emergency’
  • June 2019 - Jersey’s infrastructure minister was in discussion with LibertyBus to electrify their bus fleet.
  • August 2019 - The Metrodecker EV hit the streets of Jersey, becoming the first electric bus to be trialed on the island.
  • August 2019 - We take a look at the new bus

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  • September 2019 - The bus breaks down
  • October 16 2019 - The bus is fixed
  • October 17 2019 - The bus breaks down again
  • 2020 - LibertyBus hope to trial a different electric bus

If electric buses were to replace the current diesel bus fleet it would reduce the islands carbon footprint by 3,000 tonnes per year.

It had been hoped the bus, which operated on route number 15 between St Helier and the airport, would assist Jersey in becoming carbon neutral by 2030.