9th June 2023
Sir John Whittingdale visited Kleanbus at Stud Farm, Mundon Road, Maldon. Kleanbus is a start-up company which converts diesel buses into electric-powered buses using a prefabricated drive train. John met CEO Joe Tighe, Managing Director John Holland and Director of Social Environmental Governance Lucy Parkin. He was taken for a ride in their demonstration vehicle, a diesel Optare Solo which has been repowered to be 100 per cent electric.
“Diesel buses are responsible for a lot of pollution and carbon-emissions and we have to find alternatives if we are to meet our net zero target. It is fantastic that a company in Maldon has developed an efficient and simple way to convert a diesel bus to electric power at low cost and in a matter of hours. I am not surprised that their products are attracting interest not just from across the UK but around the world.”
John is pictured with Managing Director, John Holland next to the Optare Demonstration bus.