An Optare Solo designed specifically for operation in Hong Kong, has commenced service on Hong Kong Island green minibus (GMB) route No. 54M (Kennedy Town Station - Queen Mary Hospital). The Hong Kong Transport Department will evaluate the bus on route no.54, and plans to trial the Solo on another two hospital routes operating via Prince of Wales Hospital and St Teresa's Hospital respectively.Read More
Shiel Buses, have purchased a 9.2m Euro 5, Low Carbon, Optare Solo to add to their fleet. Shiel Buses is a family owned business in the Scottish Highlands with over 30 successful years in business, providing bus and coach hire services throughout the West Lochaber area in Scotland and beyond.Read More
The Metrocity EV has spent the festive period on trial with Stagecoach Inverness. The operator is committed to zero emissions technologies and already operates six Optare Solo EVs; the first with fully electric heating, branded Inverness ElectiCity have served routes in Inverness since June 2015.Read More
Innovative bus designer and manufacturer Optare reaches for new heights as proud sponsors of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. Optare have provided a Tour Support Van wrapped in iconic Lancaster and Spitfire images that will accompany the Flight across the UK during the display season.Read More
Brian who has over 26 years’ experience in the bus and coach industry, will take over the reins from Lawrence Govender leading Optare’s aftermarket.
Brian has over 35 years’ experience in engineering, vehicle maintenance and support. For almost the last two decades Brian has worked primarily for OEM’s in support and service roles including Volvo Bus, and latterly Alexander Dennis Limited, as Group Service Director.
Marshalls of Sutton on Trent have purchased another two Optare Versa buses. Marshalls of Sutton on Trent, established in 1989 is a family run business, recognised as one of the leading coach & bus operators in the East Midlands.Read More
Leading Indian truck and bus manufacturer Ashok Leyland Limited, a Hinduja Group Company, has increased its stake in its UK subsidiary Optare Plc by 23.20% to 98.31% by conversion of its existing loans into equity.Read More
Steve Whiteway, former Managing Director of Epsom Coaches has joined Optare in its mission to improve air quality in London. Steve will work with the bus manufacturer and operators in London and surrounding areas to support in the implementation of electric bus technologies.Read More
Garelochhead Coaches, have purchased two 9.2m Euro 5, Low Carbon, Optare Solos to add to their fleet. Garelochhead Coaches has been in operation for 25 years, providing bus and coach hire services throughout Argyll and ButeRead More
Harrogate Coach Travel, trading as Connexionsbuses have purchased a 9.2m Euro 6, Low Carbon, Optare Solo to add to their fleet. Connexionsbuses is a family run company established in 2002. The Firm operates a network of local bus services in and around Harrogate and York in North Yorkshire as well as Otley and Ilkley in West Yorkshire.Read More
First Leeds and Optare partner to trial the “Metrodecker EV” in the city from today
Following a successful trial in York, First Leeds has this week (9 October) launched its trial of a new fully electric double decker bus.
Optare, one of the UK’s leading bus manufacturers, has secured its biggest ever Australasian export order with a NZ$40m (£21m) deal to supply 114 buses to Tranzit Group, one of New Zealand’s largest public transport operators.Read More
Translink have invested over £3million in a striking new-look fleet and improved timetable.
People in Derry~Londonderry can now enjoy the benefits of Translink’s new Foyle Metro bus service launched on 1 September.
The Optare Solo EV has spent the last month on trial with Brighton based operator, Big Lemon. The operator’s mission is to enable everyone to get around their community in an affordable, enjoyable and environmentally-sustainable way and it would seem the Solo EV has delivered just that.Read More
A landmark moment has been celebrated in York today (14 August) as it has become the first UK city outside London to trial a new fully electric double decker bus.
Representatives from City of York Council, First York and local bus manufacturer, Optare welcomed the arrival of the first “Metrodecker EV” in York today, which will be trialled on the York Park & Ride network and selected city routes over the next month.Read More
At a special ceremony, family-owned Safeguard Coaches of Guildford has named the latest addition to its fleet, a new Optare Metrocity, after long-serving staff member Linda Chambers, who has recently retired after 28 years’ service. Optare, Regional Sales Manager, Chris Hunt, handed over the newly named Metrocity to Safeguard’s longest serving employee Emilio Dubra who joined the operator 31 years ago in 1986 (pictured).
“Delivering electric buses is not just about building them and shipping them: it’s about the whole life cycle of the bus. ViriCiti shows the energy used and explains how the buses can be operated on the route. So every time we go into a new project, we start with mapping the route, understanding the energy and then working backwards from there.”
Robert Drewery – Commercial DirectorRead More
Optare’s new distributor for products in Australia and New Zealand Bus Corp Oceania Pty Ltd (BCO) recently visited the Optare Manufacturing site. BCO were accompanied by a group of prospective customers.
The visit included a tour of UK customers, a comprehensive evaluation of the Metrocity Euro 6 Diesel, Metrocity EV, Solo EV and Metrodecker EV.Read More
Manchester Airport Group has added four airport specification Optare Tempos to its fleet, three of the vehicles feature two doors and one of the vehicles three doors to speed up boarding and alighting time. The buses will be predominately used for the transportation of airport staff on both the external network and the airport roads.Read More