Optare, one of the UK’s largest bus manufacturers, is thrilled to celebrate the launch of its Solo into feeder service in Dubai with the Road & Traffic Authority (RTA).
The RTA Solo is a new derivative of Optare’s ground breaking midi-bus. This 8.5m variant has been developed in partnership with the RTA to provide a nimble fuel efficient feeder vehicle that can gain access to areas not open to larger buses. The first of its kind in the region. This innovative wheel forward vehicle can carry up to 32 passengers in a bespoke configuration on a compact low floor, fully accessible platform .
Optare have designed and built the RTA Solo at its facility in Sherburn, near Leeds in the UK. The RTA’s specification includes many new and state-of-the-art features such as Geo-fenced saloon air conditioning, colour destinations, real time passenger information and telematics. The Optare team subjected a specially built prototype vehicle to rigorous climate testing to ensure that passengers travel in air conditioned comfort and the bus delivers world class performance in ambient temperatures beyond those experienced in even the hottest Dubai summers.
Optare’s Chief Executive Officer, Richard Butler, said “I am proud to see this exciting project reach a successful conclusion. The RTA Solo presented the business with many new technical challenges. We have bettered these challenges. I believe the Solo will provide the RTA with a powerful tool in growing patronage in Dubai and Optare an opportunity for further growth in the region.”
HE Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) commented “The delivery of the new batch of buses is part of RTA’s masterplan to improve public transport in Dubai and keep pace with the top international standards. Our objective is to deliver best-in-class services to public transport commuters and match the sustained growth in the number of riders.
The new buses will be deployed on 17 routes: 8 existing routes and 9 new routes highlighted by metro link buses routes, low-demand routes, and routes serving residential areas which do not require the operation of large buses. The new buses will serve new districts and widen the geographical coverage of public transport in Dubai, increase the occupancy rate, and enhance multi-modal integration.”
The step is also aligned with RTA’s efforts to make public transport the ideal choice of mobility in Dubai, and raise the percentage of public transport journeys to 26% by 2030, which requires providing public transport options characterised affordable, high performance and comprehensive coverage.
Swaidan Al Naboodah have partnered with Optare in Dubai to launch the Solo into service and provide 24/7 operational support. Al Naboodah is a long established partner of both the RTA and Ashok Leyland, Optare’s parent.
This year’s ALBUM Conference theme is ‘The bus as a force for good’, and Optare will be exhibiting their Metrocity xFE which delivers up to a 7% fuel savings when compared to a standard Euro 6. The manufacturer famed for its innovation, efficiency and sustainability builds its vehicles using a space frame construction rather than a body on chassis design and incorporates the latest technologies to minimise weight and maximise fuel efficiency or electric vehicle range.Read More
York will soon be home to one of the biggest fleets of double deck electric buses outside of London, thanks to a significant investment by First York and funding secured by City of York Council from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).
Today (25 March), City of York Council, First York and bus manufacturer Optare have announced that 21 new double deck electric vehicles will arrive in York in October 2019. The zero-emission and fully electric buses each have the capacity to carry 99 passengers and have a range of over 150 miles from one overnight charge, which means that they don’t need to be recharged during the day. Alongside this, First York is also upgrading its charging infrastructure, and the state-of-the-art vehicles will feature audio visual next stop technology, USB charging points and will carry new-look Park & Ride branding.Read More
British bus manufacturer, Optare, based near Leeds, has seen its leadership in zero emission bus design & construction recognised once again. The Optare Metrodecker EV has won the Excellence in Technology Award at the recent London Transport Awards. The event recognises outstanding achievement in all facets of transportation in the Capital. The judging panel selected the ground-breaking Optare Metrodecker EV ahead of innovative solutions on rail, road, infrastructure, ticketing and information in delivering the world’s first truly zero emission battery electric double deck bus.Read More
A flagship Sunderland bus route that links the city’s main visitor attractions is to get new buses and a new colour scheme that celebrates the city’s heritage.
The Sunderland Connect service, 700, has three new low emission buses - with the iconic Wearmouth Bridge on the side as part of a new look for the popular city centre service.
Go North East, the bus company which operates Sunderland Connect, has invested in new Optare Solo buses which are fitted with the very latest low emission engines.Read More
First West of England has taken delivery of nine new slimline Optare Solos. The new look Euro 6 buses were purchased as part of an initiative to improve air quality, reduce congestion and encourage more people to ditch the car and travel by bus around Bath.Read More
In the second award win of 2018, Optare was recognised for its export success at the York Press Business Awards. This award follows the delivery of 114 Metrocity buses to Tranzit Group in New Zealand in a deal worth £21m and an order for 94 Solo buses to Dubai to the Roads and Transport Authority in a deal valued at circa £18m.Read More
Independent bus operator, Go-coach, based in Sevenoaks have been trialling a 31 seat, Optare Solo electric bus. The 9.2m electric bus has been put through its paces in Sevenoaks on the town’s route 8 service.Read More
Optare unveiled the next generation Metrodecker and Metrocity all electric buses at Euro Bus Expo 2018. Both buses have fully electric heating and can a deliver more than 150 miles on a single charge. The Metrodecker next generation EV carries more than 94 passengers with an unladen weight of just over 11T and a GVW of only 18T. The Metrocity EV carries up to 60 passengers with an unladen weight of less than 9T and a GVW of 13T.Read More
The Optare Metrodecker EV has been recognised by the CILT for its contribution to Environmental Improvement at the CILT (Chartered Institute of Transport and Logistics) Awards ceremony. This award follows the news of an order placed in June for 31 Metrodecker EVs for TfL route 134 running from North Finchley bus station to Tottenham Court Road, operated by Metroline.Read More
Yeomans of Hereford have recently taken delivery of three new Solos. The family run coach company has been serving Hereford & it's County since the 1920's.
9.2m Solos seat over 30 and two of the three are fitted with seatbelts. The new Solo purchases are part of a fleet upgrade programme and will serve routes around Hereford. Last year Yeomans also purchased four new Solos as part of this upgrade programme.Read More
Optare Senior Engineer – sales and marketing, technical author and museum founder, John Seale retires after 53 years in the industry. John has had a varied engineering career but his passion for bus design has been very apparent throughout his career.Read More
In response to customer requirements and following the success of the Allison xFE transmission launched at Euro Bus Expo 2016, Optare is now the first OEM to integrate this fuel saving transmission into all its single deck buses as standard.
The UK leaders in electric bus design, are also promising to excite the industry once again with the launch of their next generation of Optare EV bus offering. Expect to be impressed by the range, efficiency, passenger capacity and weight of Optare’s ‘next generation’ of fully electric buses to be unveiled at Euro Bus Expo 2018.Read More
Optare announces the appointment of Allan Kennedy to the new position of Sales Director, from 20th August 2018. As Optare’s reach grows globally, Allan will take responsibility for UK retail sales and support Robert Drewery, Optare’s Commercial Director in developing UK group sales, as well as overseas dealer sales.Read More
Australian and New Zealand distributor for Optare buses, Bus Corp Oceania (BCO) and Bus and Coach Sales Australasia (BCSA) have announced a link up that will deliver increased sales and service reach for Optare in Australia.
BCSA will provide sales leads and service on behalf of BCO for the Optare brand in Queensland and Northern NSW.
Optare have been selected as a finalist in the Environmental Improvement category of the CILT (Chartered Institute of Transport and Logistics) Awards and also in the Transport Supplier of Year category of the National Transport Awards . The entries detailed the achievements so far of Optare’s electric double deck bus, the Metrodecker EV, the world’s first truly zero emission electric double decker. This announcement follows the news of an order for 31 Metrodecker EVs last month for TfL route 134 running from North Finchley bus station to Tottenham Court Road, operated by Metroline.Read More
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Department for International Trade), Graham Stuart visited Yorkshire based bus manufacturer Optare today. The visit recognises the Company’s strong export growth.
Recent successes for Optare include a £21m order for 114 Metrocity buses for New Zealand and a £17m order for 94 Solo buses for Dubai. Two bespoke Solo buses serving hospital routes in Hong Kong in 2017 with orders expected to follow. These orders were won by Optare offering a range of unique and class leading solutions to its customers in each of these markets.
The Optare international team includes strong dealer partners in every territory. Bus Corp Oceania represents the company in Australia and New Zealand, with Swaidan Trading in Dubai and Confidence Motors joining in Hong Kong. Optare’s partners bring world class levels of service & commitment to compliment the company’s innovative products throughout their service lives.
Graham Stuart, Trade Minister, said, “It’s fantastic to see the work of Optare as it looks to expand its presence abroad, after recently winning contracts in New Zealand and Dubai.
As an international economic department, DIT is able to provide sector specialist expertise and a global network across 108 countries which is ready to help UK companies to take advantage of the ever-growing global demand for high quality British products.”
Richard Butler, Chief Executive of Optare said, “This is a significant step for Optare in our international export strategy and signals the start of the exciting growth opportunities available to us in Australasia, the Middle East and Hong Kong. Our innovative lightweight design is delivering annual savings in fuel and operating costs, which over time are very significant benefits for businesses. With the support of the Department for International trade we look forward to continuing to expand the product reach into new international markets.”
Optare announces the appointment of Richard Butler as Chief Executive, from 2nd July 2018. Richard joins Optare as Graham Belgum, moves to a new position as Director of International Business Development and will be working closely with the management team at Ashok Leyland, Optare’s parent company.Read More
This week, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced the creation of the largest double-decker electric bus fleet in Europe, with 68 new electric double-deckers set to join the bus fleet in London. Mr Khan revealed that the number of electric double-deck buses in London will increase more than tenfold, and that two routes run by Metroline from Barnet to central London will be exclusively operated by electric double-decker buses. Optare will supply 31 all-electric double deck buses for TFL Route 134 running from North Finchley bus station to Tottenham Court Road to start operation next summer.Read More