Picture of The Big Lemon managing director Norman Baker (left) and Optare customer service manager Graham Andrews (centre) meet Neil Brookes, a bus driver for The Big Lemon with the trial electric bus

Optare Solo electric bus a hit with Big Lemon

Published:  08 September, 2017

An Optare Solo electric bus has been given the thumbs-up after spending a month on trial with Brighton-based operator Big Lemon. 

Big Lemon managing director Norman Baker said: ‘We have been extremely impressed with the Solo EV and all our drivers have loved driving it. 

‘The feedback from passengers has been extremely positive, with many commenting how quiet, comfortable and smooth the Solo EV is.’

The Optare group is part of Ashok Leyland, one of the largest bus producers in the world and part of the Hinduja Group. The Optare Solo is assembled at a facility near Leeds, employing more than 300 people.

Robert Drewery, commercial director at Optare, said, ‘There are now over 100 Optare electric buses in service in the UK and Europe. 

‘As a manufacturer, we remain committed to working with local authorities and operators to deliver sustainable transport solutions that improve air quality in our towns and cities. I am delighted that the Solo EV has been such a hit with Big Lemon.’

This successful trail of the Optare Solo EV was followed by the news this week that Big Lemon has been awarded government funding to help buy three electric buses under the Department for Transport’s low-emission bus scheme.

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