My photo uploads as i travel around.
I doubt Stagecoach will make any losses over them! They do look good (not much different from a normal enviro400 but painted green), but I didn't think they'd be that slow. But I suppose the technology will continue to improve.
Is it just because of the hybrid kit the low top speed ?
I read this week (yeah i am a gadget freak!) that some young boffins have created a substance than can be put on any surface,and it will create solar electricity,and they are hoping to cover windows , roof tiles ect,and set us all free from the power companies. I love emerging technology ! Oldham 100, the speed limit is 30mph on wilmslow road,add that to the lemming type behaviour of the stoodents, you can't even go that fast :-)
ah, they're not all that bad, i remember once taking a leyland olympian on a dead journey along the m60, and it would only do 38mph! needless to say, i came off at the next exit! presumably, these hybrids will only do 40-odd because of their design, ie - no gearbox but a centrifugal clutch - type drive (think "rev-n-go" motorbikes/mopeds) and will no doubt be mapped for acceleration, not top speed. as chris said, theres no real need for a bus that will do even 31mph, on the 42/43, in theory!
The Stagecoach Oxford ones are numbered 12001-26,the ones at Manchester follow on from these, 12027-56.
The seats still look like the familar blue...
just rode one of them today, they're doing the 147 "Oxford Road link".
Identical buses are operating in Oxford. Here’s a review of them