Our vehicles are designed with the environment in mind.
Optare have over a century of expertise in using the latest technologies in bus design and manufacturing to deliver the vehicles of today and tomorrow.
We have developed a range of low-carbon buses using enhanced diesel technology and alternative fuel options.
We set the benchmark for fuel economy and CO2 reduction with reduced weight designs and optimised drive systems.
1907 Leyland Motor Company established
1923 Charles H. Roe started his bus bodybuilding at Cross Gates
1934 East Lancashire Coach Builders established
1955 Ashok adds Leyland to its name to recognise Leyland investment
1962 Charles H. Roe acquired by Leyland
1968 British Leyland Motor Corporation established
1975 Company joins Leyland Truck and Bus
1985 Optare formed by a buy-out from Leyland Truck and Bus
2008 Consolidation of East Lancashire Coach Builders, Darwin Group and Optare
2010 Ashok Leyland acquire 25% of the shares
2012 Ashok Leyland increases shares to 75%
2017 Ashok Leyland increases shares to 98.31%
2018 Ashok Leyland increases shares to 99.08%
1990 First integral Metrorider vehicle in production
1995 Excel low floor fully integral citybus range launched
1997 Solo (so low) low floor fully integral midibus range launched
2011 Official commissioning of the new Sherburn in Elmet plant by the Minister of Transport
2012 10,000th vehicle produced
2014 Launch of Integral Double Decker – Metrodecker
2016 Launch the fully electric Metrodecker EV.
2018 Launch of the next generation Metrodecker EV with 150+mile range
2000 “Millennium Product” and “Queens Award” for enterprise achieved for the Solo design
2009 Environmental improvement CILT award accolade achieved for Solo EV
2012 Versa Electric Bus EV wins prestigious SMMT Awards for Automotive Innovation
2013 “Excellence in technology” National transport awards Versa EV
2015 LowCVP Heavy Duty Vehicle Manufacturer of the YearAward for Optare electric buses
2015 LowCVP Outstanding Achievement in Low Carbon Transport (winner of winners’ award) for Optare electric buses
2015 National Air Quality Passenger Transport Air Quality award for Optare electric buses
2018 CILT Award for Contribution to Environmental Improvement for Metrodecker EV
2018 York Business Award for Export