We know electric buses are generally better for the environment than diesels, well, in terms of local air and noise pollution anyway, bus this bus takes things a step further.
UK bus and rail operator, the Go-Ahead Group, has launched a bus that purifies air as it moves.
The Bluestar Bus comes with a roof-mounted filter that apparently removes ultrafine particles from the air and traps them as the bus moves through the streets.
The operator’s Chief Executive David Brown says the bus proves that buses are not just the solution to congestion in cities, but also a solution to the air quality problem.
“As the bus removes the ultrafine particles from the air as it travels along the route, it is helping solve the air quality problems of the city.
“This bus will clean the air on its route 1.7 times a year to a height of 10 metres – imagine the change we could make to air quality if all buses had this technology.”
The filter was developed by Pall Aerospace and Marketing Director, Steve Simpson, tells us the filter make a considerable difference to the environment.
“One filter working at the efficiency of 99.5% will clean the equivalent of 20 million cubic metres of air in one year,”
“So that’s the same as saying that on a typical route, working a 10-meter radius, the bus will clean the air within that tunnel 16 times a year,”
“If you factor that over a larger number of buses then you can start to see that it will make a difference.”
What are your thoughts on this? Good idea, or just a marketing ploy? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
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