First Manchester trialling Mellor Sigma 10
Trial is in preparation for depot electrification
First Manchester is beginning a trial of a Mellor Sigma 10 on the Oldham network.
The testing of the electric bus is part of planning and investigation by the operator to prepare for the full electrification of its Wallshaw Street depot in the future.
The trial will operate from 9.40am to 3.40pm on the 425 Oldham-Holts and 57 Oldham-Rushcroft services for two weeks.
“The trial will give us valuable insight into daily running, operational performance and charging requirements of electric buses” – Rob Hughes, Operations Director of First Manchester
Rob Hughes, Operations Director of First Manchester, said: “This is an important step in our learning and use of all-electric buses as we prepare for the transition of our fleet here in Oldham away from diesel vehicles.
“The trial will give us valuable insight into daily running, operational performance and charging requirements of electric buses. We will also be gaining feedback from customers on their experience of zero emission travel and its benefits including improved air quality and quieter streets that will come with the introduction of electric buses to our fleet.”
“We’re excited to see First’s customers enjoying many zero emissions miles onboard our Sigma 10″ – Jane Dransfield of Mellor
Jane Dransfield of Mellor said: “It’s a pleasure to be working with First Manchester to provide Oldham with its first zero-emissions bus. As a local bus builder, we’re showcasing to passengers that the north west is a home of innovation and that we’re continuing the legacy of vehicle manufacturing in the area.
“We’re excited to see First’s customers enjoying many zero emissions miles onboard our Sigma 10 and wish the team well with their maiden electric vehicle trial.”
The bus has a range of between 175 to 210 miles, according to the manufacturer, and is expected to be capable of operating on the Oldham routes all day from a single overnight charge.
Mellor Sigma 10 specifications
|Carries||35 seated and 35 standees|
|Battery capacity||210 / 252 kWh|
|Range||175 / 210 miles|
|Charging time (60kWh charger)||20 to 100% in 3hr 10/35
(Two DC charging sockets)
|Climate control||Cab and saloon heat and air conditioning
|Doors||Double inward glider front door|
|Accessibility||Manual ramp at front door|