The Yutong battery-electric bus range in the UK is to grow with the introduction of the mid-sized E9 model by dealership Pelican Bus and Coach. It will have a 14,300kg GVW within a length of 8.94m and a width of 2.42m, and come in two-door layout as standard with wheelchair user access at the centre.
The supplier already has orders in hand for the E9, with production having commenced and the first deliveries expected in March 2023. Pelican says the bus is “highly manoeuvrable and ideal for both rural and urban applications,” and that it will also suit demand responsive use. The E9 will sit alongside the existing heavyweight E10 and E12 models.
Fitted to the E9 will be 255kW/h of battery story and the Yutong Electrical Safety System as standard. Maximum passenger capacity will be 62, with air-conditioning part of the specification. A single 120kW motor will provide power and DC charging will be via the industry standard CCS2 protocol.
Head of Yutong sales at Pelican Bus and Coach Ian Downie says: “The introduction of the smaller E9 to our zero-emission portfolio represents an exciting addition. With three different single-deck sizes and the only zero-emission coach in the UK, the Yutong offering provides customers with real choice.
“The size and manoeuvrability of the E9 makes it ideal for a number of applications.”