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.
Richard Butler, Chief Executive, Optare, commented, “I am delighted that Optare have won this prestigious award and that our continued innovation in electric vehicle technology is being recognised. The Optare team drew on a decade of experience working with single deck electric buses and combined this with our philosophy of lightweight bus design to create a world first that goes further and carries more people than any other vehicle of this type.”
Kevin Richardson, Chief Executive, CILT, said: “The CILT Annual Awards for Excellence are the ultimate seal of approval for all those involved in the movement of goods and people. Recognition and reward is vital if we are to promote innovation; the key for building a future for our profession relies on us all recognising and celebrating outstanding achievements in our profession.”
The Metrodecker EV was also a finalist in the technology category for the UK transport awards and is a finalist in the forthcoming UK bus Awards.