The vehicles will be used primarily on the busy and expanded route 22, which operates from Aveley via Lakeside and Grays to Stifford Clays. In a break away from more usual 'green' branding for hybrid vehicles all carry route advertising for the 'Electric Blue 22' service. The route has seen 100% growth over the past three years and it is hoped the new, more comfortable and cleaner buses will continue this trend of switch to bus use.
Commenting on the launch, Peter Newman, Chairman of Ensignbus said. 'We are delighted to be able to add the first Hybrids in Essex to our fleet where we believe the enhanced ride quality, lower emissions and better fuel economy will allow us to continue to expand the network we have built up throughout Thurrock by providing a modern, clean and reliable fleet'