Saturday, 12 June 2010
New Temsa bus launched in Bradford
Yesterday in Bradford we launched our new Temsa single-deck demonstrator.
For the next six months in the city we will trial the ‘Avenue’ bus which is manufactured in Turkey. Numbered 63000 in our fleet the ‘Avenue’ bus weighs just under 10 tonnes, almost 1 tonne lighter than average thanks to the extensive use of composite materials on the roof, floor and body panels.
We are very excited about trialling the bus - the combination of weight advantage and First’s DriveGreen technology could make this bus the most fuel efficient on the road.
The use of composites has been pioneered in the aviation and automotive industries, in particular Formula 1, and its use in the bus industry is something we are keen to explore.
Reducing our carbon footprint is a key strategic aim for First UK Bus. In our 2007 Climate Change Strategy we made a commitment to reduce our carbon emissions by 25% by 2020. If we were to roll out these types of buses, we would make a serious impact on our own carbon footprint, not to mention the obvious savings that we could make on our fuel costs.
At the launch today Left to right are: Dave Alexander, First UK Bus Regional Managing Director (North), Omer Sozutek, Temsa International Relations Director, Wim Van Hool, Temsa Executive Board Member, David Liston, First UK Bus Business Efficiency and Engineering Director and Deniz Cetin, Temsa Regional Co-ordinator.