Traction Technology builds buses

Traction Technology has signed a contract with Merseytravel to supply four hybrid Optare Solo buses powered by Traction hybrid diesel and supercapacitor power packs. The buses are due to be delivered during 2008.

This follows extensive competitive trial evaluations by Merseytravel of an existing Traction Technology offering. Traction said this was the first time it was part of a head-to-head evaluation of its hybrid system, and the company sees its success in this trial as an important indicator in Traction’s plans for the adoption of its technology in the UK market and beyond.

Horsham, West Sussex-based Traction is also running buses with its hybrid technology for Transport for London operator Epsom Coaches, for Merseytravel with Arriva North West, with Arriva Southern Counties in West Sussex and with Ipswich Buses Limited.

Nick Brayshaw, chairman of Traction, said: ‘This contract gain shows the market our technological leadership in the area. To win this contract in such a competitive environment stands us in very good stead for future trials in London, where we will find ourselves running against the same competition and others. We are confident that Traction will continue to prove itself as a leader in its field of technology in future competitive trials’.’