Celebrating 1 year of our electric buses

2 months ago Fri 13th Jan 2023

It’s one year since Cardiff Bus went electric!

In January 2022 we proudly launched our very own fleet of electric buses with an event in the city centre, and it’s fair to say that they have been on the road to success ever since. Our decisions to go electric were motivated by:

  • Their positive impact on the environment
  • Cleaner air in our city
  • Quieter streets for Cardiff
  • Our aim to reduce our carbon footprint

One year later, these aims have undoubtedly been achieved. Take a look at our 2022 round-up and see for yourself…

Throughout 2022, our electric buses have:

  • Saved 1,000 tonnes of CO2
  • Spent 94,976 hours in operation
  • Travelled 1,403,604 kms
  • Consumed 91.8 kWh / 100 kms in energy


Electric buses at our Sloper Road depot

Cardiff Bus ordered 36 of the latest battery-electric buses in March 2021 which at the time was the single largest order of electric vehicles outside of London. The first 36 Yutong E12 zero-emission buses took to the roads towards the end of December 2021 with the remaining entering our fleet in January 2022 and led to a transformation of how Cardiff’s bus network is delivered.

Over the last year the buses have travelled on several route but mostly on services 27, 44, 45, 49 & 50 to help improve the air quality of the most polluted streets within our city.

Not only was introducing our electric buses a significant step forward for our company, but it was also done during one of our most notable anniversaries to date. 2022 marked the 120th anniversary of Cardiff Bus and it was a privilege to introduce our electric fleet during this monumental year for the company. It was a great way to convey to our customers how much Cardiff Bus have progressed over the last century, and to mark the occasion we painted one of the electric buses in crimson lake and cream which were the original colours of Cardiff Bus vehicles.

Electric transportation is becoming the future. So, we will continue to expand our electric bus fleet. Paul Dyer, the Managing Director of Cardiff Bus commented:

“We have been delighted with the response from customers and staff to this ‘step change’ in the vehicles that we use.  We are a critical component of every-day life across the city, offering a service to our communities that people depend upon”.

We are looking forward to extending our electric fleet in the future and witnessing the positive impact that this will have on our environment.