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.
Richard Butler, Chief Executive, Optare, commented, “I am thrilled that Optare’s excellence in British design and manufacturing has been recognised at the London Transport Awards. The Optare team based at Sherburn and Elmet, in Yorkshire, drew on a decade of experience & innovation in single deck electric buses and combined this with the best in lightweight bus technologies to develop a world first that goes further and carries more people than any other vehicle of this type. All of this was achieved by a small group of talented young, home grown engineers, working in partnership with our vendors, supported and backed by our parent company, Ashok Leyland.”
The London Transport Award is the Metrodecker’s Third industry accolade. In November 2018, the British bus manufacturer’s Metrodecker EV was also recognised by the CILT and UK Bus Awards for its contribution to Environmental Improvement. An order for 31 Metrodecker EVs is currently in build and will enter service in June on Transport for London’s first zero emission double deck route.