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.
The short history of the electric bus in Jersey:
May 2019 - The Government declared a ‘Climate Emergency’
August 2019 - We take a look at the new bus
September 2019 - The bus breaks down
October 16 2019 - The bus is fixed
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.