There was great excitement at The Bridge on Tuesday 20th March when an electric bus carried the first passangers along the Fastrack A route between Greenhithe, Bluewater and Dartford.
Kent County Council has secured a seven-week electric bus trial for the county, only the second local authority to do so in the UK. Working with Volvo and ABB, a Swiss engineering group, the electric bus produces no emissions and is driven by electric motors.
During the trial, the electric bus will recharge outside Greenhithe train station in under six minutes using innovative OppCharge pantograph technology.
The OppCharge makes the range of the bus limitless by allowing the bus to charge at convenient locations along the line of route - in fact, a bus can charge within 30 seconds.
“Prologis UK has been providing funding for the Fastrack A service for over a decade and this is a vital service for the residents and businesses located on our development at The Bridge ,” said Steve Haddock, Director of Property Management for Prologis UK. “Sustainability is a core part of our business philosophy and we are pleased to support this trial to provide clean, green, public transport.”