Vehicles: 13 MAN Ecocity buses
Station: Grid connected CNG with high capacity compressor (supplied with certified biomethane)
Amongst the UK's independent bus operators, Anglian Bus are something of a pioneer of alternative fuels. Having previously trialled buses running on biodiesel and pure plant oil, their first experiment with gas was with a converted Optare Solo in 2011. When MAN showed a left-hand-drive version of their Ecocity gas bus at the NEC in 2010, Anglian were one of several operators to show interest.
When MAN brought two right-hand-drive demonstrators of the Ecocity to the UK in 2011, Anglian were the first independent operator to give it a try. Following a successful three week trial, Anglian submitted a bid to the third round of the Department for Transport's Green Bus Fund, and won funding to support the purchase of 13 MAN Ecocity buses.
Following a factory visit to the body builders Caetano in October 2012, the first 7 buses were delivered in November and the remaining 6 in December. The first 6 buses went into service on 3rd December 2012 on Anglian's 146 service between Lowestoft and Norwich, 4 more went into service on 588 and 601 in January 2013, and the remainder will go into service in April 2013.
The vehicles are fuelled from a station connected to the gas grid, supplying certified biomethane. This is stored at 200 bar pressure in tanks housed in stylish pods on the top of each bus, giving each vehicle a range of around 300 miles.