Electric flywheel systems, developed in motorsport, will be used in 500 buses to generate fuel savings of more than 20% at a significantly lower cost than battery hybrid alternatives.
Optare plc has been crowned the winner of SMMT's 2012 Award for Automotive Innovation, for its Optare Versa EV the UK's first fully operational, full-sized, battery-powered electric bus.
Wirelessly charged all-electric buses are to be introduced in Milton Keynes.
Hybrid buses are here, and the technology is being improved. The Wrightbus is powered by just a standard 2.4 litre diesel engine as used in the Ford Transit mated with a hybrid system.