Posted by: SB Websites | May 18, 2015

ANE Eco 23

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As well as the MAX and Sapphire brand being introduced and spread across many services; there has also been an increase of the ‘Eco’ Livery. This was introduced in 2013 when the first MAN 18:270 EcoCity / Caeteno City Gold’s entered service in Darlington for town services 2, 11 and 12, followed by a further order of Volvo B5LH / Wright Gemini 2’s for the 308. The Eco brand itself is designed to advertise vehicles operating with green technology, such as a CNG or a hybrid vehicle. Therefore in 2014 a batch of a further 16 Wright Streetlite MAX 11.7m Micro-Hybrids; 5 for the 23, 3 for the 35 and 7 for the 306. Although these wear the Eco with them being fitted with ‘Micro-Hybrid’ technology; this recovers energy lost from braking to power the vehicle electrics and compressed air systems, saving up to 10% in fuel costs. Although the name itself is slightly misleading as the vehicles themselves are a standard diesel Streetlite drivetrain, as opposed to a small diesel engine and electric motor in normal hybrids. These are no different to the examples currently in Sapphire livery so it is unusual that they have painted into the Eco livery. The first 5 are for the 23 which operates from Durham depot running every 30 minutes from Sunderland to Hartlepool via Grangetown, Seaham, Easington and Peterlee, these are painted into the standard Eco livery but wearing route branding on the sides and rear for the route. 1574 NK64 EEJ is shown below:

1574 Eco 23

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