The ‘electric option’ will be available to annual subscribers for an additional €60 per annum
Via Dublin City Council:
Dublin City Council, JCDecaux and the National Transport Authority (NTA) have today announced that the NOW TV dublinbikes scheme will be enhanced with the upgrade of 50% of the fleet of 1,600 to hybrid electric bikes, commencing on March 30 when the first batch of e-dublinbikes will be launched. The bikes can also be operated as a regular pedal bike when the personal battery is not in use.
The electric option will be available to annual subscribers for an additional €60 per annum. Existing subscribers can choose to add the e-dublinbikes option to their current subscription.
…what about the battery?
The personal battery is completely portable and allows subscribers to benefit from electrical assistance for up to 8km per charge when using an e-dublinbike. It comes with a charger, measures less than 170mm and weighs 530 grams so it can easily fit in a jacket pocket or small bag. It is equipped with a micro USB-C port and can be used as an external battery to charge mobile phones or tablets when not being used on a bike.
Greeting the new 74 ADL Enviro 400 Extended Range (ER) hybrid buses were, from left: Stephen Kent, CEO, Bus Éireann; Hildegarde Naughton TD, Minister of State at the Department of Transport; Ray Coyne, CEO, Dublin Bus; and Anne Graham, CEO, NTA
Fancy some soft-core hybrid fun?
The first of an initial order for 100 double-deck electric hybrid buses placed by the NTA, destined for use in Dublin by Dublin Bus and in Galway by Bus Éireann, arrived.
The new buses will enter service early in the New Year.
The exterior of the buses features the new green, yellow and white Transport for Ireland, (TFI) livery, which will be ‘phased in across the entire public service obligation (PSO) fleet over the coming year’.
But what about the spec?
The buses, designated Enviro400ER by their manufacturer Alexander Dennis Limited, utilise BAE Systems’ Series-ER hybrid system that incorporates a 32kWh next-generation lithium-ion battery energy storage system that can be charged externally via a plug-in connection.As a result, they are capable of running in zero tailpipe emission mode for a distance of at least two and a half kilometers and will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 30%.