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Testing Time for Manufacturers

Posted on 15 Sep 2016 at 10:32

Testing Time for Manufacturers

The annual testing of competitor vehicles organised by First Bus took place this month at Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire. ADL, Optare and Wrightbus put their latest products through First Bus’ testing programme for the annual event which first took place in 2012.

In its latest round of testing First Bus hopes that new developments in vehicle technology will contribute towards a further 10 per cent improvement in both fuel efficiency and carbon emissions, on top of the 30 per cent reductions achieved since the annual testing started.

The results of the tests play a key part in the First Bus vehicle procurement strategy and since 2012 the company has invested around £300million in almost 1,600 new buses.

Using a testing procedure developed by First Bus and Millbrook’s engineers, each August vehicles are put through their paces on a course that is designed to reflect a variety of rural, urban and interurban bus routes.

To see the full article by Steve Rooney of Bus and Coach magazine, see here.

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