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Zero Emission Sigma 8 on Trial in Jersey

Mellor has teamed up with local operator LibertyBus to present to the Island a state-of-the-art zero emission Sigma 8, which will be on trial for approximately 3 weeks.

LibertyBus will be analysing data on energy consumption charging requirements and maneuverability on the Island bus routes. The vehicle is fitted with electric air conditioning, providing passengers with excellent comfort throughout the year.

The Sigma battery-electric bus range includes six models, from 7 to 12 metres, with GVWs from 9 to 19 tonnes, and passenger capacity from 31 – 80. Sigma represents one of the largest ranges of low-floor battery-electric buses from any manufacturer in Europe; a zero-emission, zero-compromise public transport solution, from a trusted UK bus manufacturer.

The vehicle is electrically driven, using a single-drive motor which is powered by CATL 210 kWh batteries. This means that the vehicle can complete over 160 miles on a single charge. The batteries have industry-leading battery safety fitted as standard. Charging can be completed using 2 x DC charge guns, allowing compatibility with other electric vehicles. The vehicle can be fully charged within 2 hours and 50 minutes.

Richard Matthews, sales director at Mellor commented: “Our Sigma range of buses are not only sustainable and electric, but they are tried and tested. The narrow width of 2.35m of the 8.7 metre-long Sigma 8 and the 9.4 metre-long Sigma 9 means they can navigate the narrow or constricted routes of the Channel Islands with ease and has ample capacity for up to 60 passengers.

“We believe our Sigma range of buses has huge potential to play a significant part in the island’s efforts to improve its public transportation. These trials are a significant moment for Mellor as we look to expand our bus offering in the Channel Islands.”

Commenting on the trial, Kevin Hart, Director for LibertyBus said “We are excited about trialing the electric bus on the Island. The Mellor Sigma range are great buses, and we can’t wait to share the results of the trial with the Government of Jersey. We will then be using the bus in service over the following few weeks to get a true picture of the compatibility to the Island’s roads.”

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