Optare which grew from the remains of the former Charles Roe factory in Leeds. Continues to Lead the way with electric powered vehicles with ADL and Wrightsbus close on Optares' heals. Transdev have purchased two Solo SR-EV minibuses for routes in York, UB1 and Harrogate. During the week leading up to Easter 2014 a generic liveried 14 plate Solo SR-EV was seen, on test along the Knaresborough road.
Harrogate tested the Optare Solo SR-EV demonstrator vehicle during 1013, from Starbeck into Harrogate and Knaresborough, this led to Transdev's order for the SR-EV's. YJ14BCK could take up duties o the peak time X6 service, which serves the Beckwith Knowle industrial estate in the Harlow area of the town. This would allow the vehicle to return to Starbeck depot for re-charging during the day, the power comes from two packs of 26 L-ion 12.8Volt batteries. Linked to a Magtec P144 motor delivering 150Kw rated at 2650rpm, thus giving a top speed of 59mph, with a range of 70-95 miles (110-150Km). This in turn delivers 100% free emissions, which helps the environment, reducing Co2 levels on the roads. This bus has 2x7.5kw on board charging units, which are linked to a 3 phase power cord and plugged into the power grid, which takes 6 hours. With an additional off-board 50kw charging pack which gives a quick recharge of 2 hours.
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